Posted by Anna on July 28, 1999 at 14:21:59:
In Reply to: Broker Fee Collected by Landlord ? posted by Laura on July 28, 1999 at 11:24:09:
: I live in Astoria and found my apartment through a broker. The fee was one
: and a half month's rent. It turns out that one of the co-employees at the agency
: owns the building along with her family. I was told this was illegal. Does
: anyone know for certain if it is? I was told by this same person that another tenant
: sued the broker and won her fee back.
: Thanks in advance.
Yes, it is illegal to collect a broker fee for your own building: the very definition of a broker, Real Property Law 2-A, is that the work is done "for another and for a fee".
Why don't you go to the courthouse, look up the other tenant's case, photocopy it, then file one just like it?
You can both also report these violations to the NY Dept of State, the agency that licenses real estate brokers. link below.
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