The Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program provides an exemption from future rent increases to low income eligible renters with disabilities. It became law in NYS in 2005 through an amendment of the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) law, a program that protects low-income tenants aged 62 and older from future rent increases. DRIE and SCRIE together are known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program.
Although the SCRIE and DRIE programs are similar, they have different eligibility rules and regulations. For information on SCRIE, refer to Housing Programs and Services, SCRIE.
Municipalities throughout NYS have the choice to implement the program or not. In October 2005, the New York City Council established the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program.
In New York City, the Department of Finance (DOF) administers the DRIE program.
DRIE is funded by the City of New York through a loss of tax revenue. The City of New York provides landlords a dollar-for-dollar property tax abatement credit (TAC) that makes up the difference between the amount of rent paid by the DRIE participant and the actual legal rental amount. The DOF authorizes the TAC and transfers the credit to the building owner’s property tax account.
Summary of DRIE
The DRIE program enables low income tenants with disabilities who live in eligible housing to receive an exemption from paying certain increases in their rent. The building owner receives a dollar-for-dollar tax abatement credit to his/her property tax obligations to compensate the owner for rent increases the tenant will not be paying.
Applicants must be the lease holder or tenant of record, be in receipt of a disability-related government benefit, live in an eligible apartment, pay a rent amount that is more than one-third of the household income, and have an annual disposable aggregate income of no more than $50,000. All DRIE applicants must apply through the NYC Department of Finance.