NYCHA rent is based on the income of everyone who lives in your home. Rent is based on 30% of household income (minus allowable deductions) or the welfare rent. It cannot go higher than any flat rent in effect.

Every household every year must complete an Annual Review to NYCHA by paper or online. List everyone who lives in the apartment (“residents”). Give the income information for all household members. Income includes: employment wages, Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), pension, public assistance, unemployment benefits and income from a business. NYCHA checks your income information on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) databases and other sources. 

For more NYCHA rules and rent information, look at NYCHA policies.

If you think your rent is wrong, you have the right to file a "grievance" (complaint).

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Last Reviewed: August 7, 2023