Posted by Stacy on November 29, 2001 at 12:22:15:
In Reply to: Re: Sublet situation posted by Lilly on November 29, 2001 at 02:23:27:
The fee is illegal. You could pay it and sue, as Lilly suggests, or you could use it as a bargining chip: If they'll let you month-to-month till Feb, you won't report to the state attorney general's office that they're trying to illegally charge a broker's fee. (A managing agent can't charge a broker's fee on an apartment he/she manages. Doesn't matter if they have a license.)
Depending on how much it's worth to you, it sounds like this is a classic time to negotiate. Maybe try offering an extra $100 a month or so in rent for the three months you want. Court isn't a great option -- it'll leave black marks on your record. Best strategy is to make it worth the agent's while, financially, to hang on to you for the three months. And definitely send certified on the rent, as you said. Good luck.
: Since you're already in there you don't have to pay a fee. I went thru that years and years ago with a company called Sopher(remember them?)If you want the apt, pay the fee and then sue to get it back after you get the lease-you will win. Easy case.
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