Special Rights

Disabled Persons and Senior Citizens Special Rights

Disabled Persons and Senior Citizens Special Rights
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Overview

The law includes extra protections for senior citizen and disabled rent regulated tenants who are subject to eviction or rent increases.

 

For a summary of these protections, see the Your Rights section. For a detailed explanation of these protections, see the Fact Sheet section. For an application to the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (S.C.R.I.E) program or the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (D.R.I.E) program for Nassau and Westchester counties, application instructions, and more, see the Forms section.

 

Your Rights

The Rent Laws provide certain protections to senior citizens, disabled tenants and/or their spouses against eviction based on owner occupancy.

 

Eligible Senior Citizens with a fixed income may qualify to have their rent frozen under the S.C.R.I.E program. Disabled persons may also apply to have their rent frozen under the D.R.I.E program.  In NYC, tenants may contact the NYC Department of Finance at 311. Tenants living in Nassau County and Westchester County may call DHCR at (914) 948-4434 to obtain an application and to inquire about their municipality's income and eligibility levels.

 

For additional information, see Fact Sheet #20 and Fact Sheet #21.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Do the rent laws provide any special rights for disabled persons?

Eligible disabled persons may qualify to have their rent frozen under the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (D.R.I.E) program. In NYC, tenants may contact the NYC Department of Finance at 311. Tenants living in select municipalities within Nassau County and Westchester County may call DHCR at (914) 948-4434 to obtain an application and inquire about their municipality’s income and eligibility levels. The rent laws also provide disabled tenants and/or their spouses certain protections against eviction based on owner occupancy. For more information, see Fact Sheet #20.

 

2) Does a senior citizen on a fixed income have any protection against rent increases?

Eligible senior citizens with a fixed income may qualify to have their rent frozen under the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (S.C.R.I.E) program. In NYC, tenants may contact the NYC Department of Finance at 311. Tenants living in select municipalities within Nassau County and Westchester County may call DHCR at (914) 948-4434 to obtain an application and to inquire about their municipality’s income and eligibility levels. For more information, see Fact Sheet #21.

Fact Sheets

Forms

These forms are only to be used for tenants in Weschester and Nassau counties.

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    Form #RTP-13R: Reconsideration: Tax Abatement Order

    Tenants or owners must use this form to appeal the tax abatement order that they received after the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption or the Disability Rent Increase Exemption application was processed. Until an order is issued determining the owner or tenant’s challenge, the tax abatement order that is the subject of that challenge remains in effect.

     

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