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Landlord/broker's name not on lease: problem?

Posted by sd on June 13, 2001 at 03:30:49:

I am looking into taking my landlord to court for a refund of the realty fee that I paid, as I have found out that my landlord is a broker at the realty. (thanks, Tenantnet) I wrote about this before but didn't get an answer to this part of the problem specifically.

Now is this a problem: 2 people own the property that I rent. Only the name of 1 person, of course the guy
who ISN'T a broker at the real estate agency, is on the lease. But I know for sure now that the broker is
also an owner; he is the one that I deal with all of the time and acknowledges himself as the landlord. I've
never dealt with the guy who is actually on the lease. So if the broker's name isn't on the lease even though
he is co-owner, would I still have a case?

Lilly, who has helped me a lot so far, asked me before how I came to know about the apartment, and I either just walked into the office or answered an ad. A real estate agent in the office showed me the apartment. Another agent was at the lease signing and signed the owner's name to the lease on his behalf.
She said she had the authority to do this. I paid a 15% fee and as I understand it, it is illegal for my landlord to be the broker at the real estate agency where I paid the fee.

Thanks in advance.

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