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Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE)

The Disability Rent Increase Exemption Program (DRIE) exempts disabled renters from some or all rent increases, and exempts disabled limited-equity owners from their cooperatives carrying charges, capital assessments, or voluntary capital contributions, as long as the residents are paying at least one-third of their disposable income on rent. Tenants must receive eligible state or federal disability-related financial assistance to be eligible for the program. The DRIE benefit is administered as a real estate tax credit to landlords who would otherwise receive the increased rent. Eligible persons living in Mitchell-Lama housing, Article XI cooperatives, federally assisted cooperatives, or rent-regulated apartments may be eligible. Those who do not live in apartments in the portfolios listed above are not eligible for benefits. The Department of Finance (DOF) oversees the program and evaluates applications. After verification, the landlord receives notification of the eligible dates for the exemption and the amount the tenant is required to pay.

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  • Alternative Name(s): NYC Rent Freeze Program (Disabled)
  • Supply/Demand: Demand
  • Category: Rental Subsidies and Assistance, Tax Incentives
  • Scale: Small Scale (between 1 and 999 units)
  • Timeframe: 2005 - Present
  • Occupancy tenure: Rental, Homeownership
  • Building Type: Multi-family, One- to Four-family
  • Developers/Owners: For-profit, Owner-occupant
  • Income Restrictions: Very Low-income
  • Special Populations: Persons with Disabilities

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