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Posted by Paul on February 07, 2000 at 18:04:16:

From New York City, General Apartment Listings.
In reading the on-line guide of Tenet's Rights FAQ, its says under the section:
Businesses that for advance fees provide information about the
location and availability of rental housing must be licensed by
the state. The fees charged by these firms may not exceed one
month's rent. When the information the firms provide does not
result in a rental, the entire pre-paid fee, less $15.00, must be
returned to the tenant. Criminal prosecutions for violations of
this law may be brought by the Attorney General. (Real Property
Law, Article 12-C)

Yet, in the Village Voice many of the advertisements are dubious apartment listings that require a registration fee. Have modifications been made to the law that allow these agencies to become legal, or are most people ignorant to the above provision in the law? Also, how would I make a claim to be refunded,
since every listings agency I have asked directly has claimed these charges
are legally non-refundable. I am very interested in a professonals opinion.

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