Posted by John E. Marre on February 06, 1999 at 19:09:07:
In Reply to: Re: Signing lease! Help needed posted by Nick on February 05, 1999 at 13:44:49:
Good point to bring to the attention of the readers.
Another point to beware of:
There are "brokers" who work for angecies which are connected to building owners (aka: landlords). (I can speak only for NYC, but wouldn't doubt this happens elsewhere) You pay a "broker's" fee of some percentage of the annual rent and the landlord actually gets the largest portion of the "fee". More often than not, a "broker" engaged in this type of business will refuse to give you contact with the landlord for fear of you finding out what's going on.
As was suggested: get another broker. Maybe you should consider another apartment too.
No sense in paying a landlord the extra money (which is also illegal, but can happen).
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