Posted by Erica on March 01, 1999 at 16:44:09:
In Reply to: Re: Rental Agency Fee posted by Will on March 01, 1999 at 08:41:35:
This happened to me, too and both brokers thought it was "exclusive". Misunderstanding between the realtors & landlord. We had signed the first realtor's application so were legally required to pay her the fee but instead the two realtors just split the fee evenly, and everyone was happy.
May I ask how this happened? Was there a gap in time between the two showings? was the apartment an exclusive listing? Did the first agency make you sign anything with the first agency? did you read it?
: If you signed nothing then I would think you don't have a problem. However if you did sign something with the words exclusive, first in there you may have screwed yourself into paying two commisions.
: I would try to get the agency to go after the second agency if it was an exclusive listing.
: : I rented an apartment through an agency and paid them a fee, but had seen the
: : same apartment with another agency first. The agency that showed me
: : the apartment first is sueing me for the fee. Who's legally entitled to the rental
: : fee, the broker who showed the apartment first or the "procurring" broker
: : as one broker said? Would a New York City court make me pay a second
: : fee? The suing agency wants me to settle with them. I'd appreciate any
: : advise, experience or resources that anyone may have to offer in
: : hopes of resolving the problem. Thank You. Ernie Applebaum
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