Posted by Anne Bilodeau on August 01, 1996 at 11:22:50:
In Reply to: no-fee apts.? posted by Kim on May 29, 1996 at 15:13:09:
: I'm not sure if I can ask for this through your site, but does anyone
: good ways to find no-fee apartments? I have already found sites on
: the Internet for The Apartment Store and Apartment Source. Are there
: other resources available? I just recently started living in NYC and
: have already paid a HUGE fee once and can't afford to do so again.
: My current lease ends in a few months -- any information available would
: be greatly appreciated...
All I can say is "me too"! I'm assigned to move here from DC as the
result of a job change, but I can't seem to find any apartments that
aren't already controlled by brokers. In other cities, you don't
need to go through a broker unless you wish do to so.
Here, it appears that brokers control virtually every available
apartment, making it damn near impossible to avoid paying the fee.
It seems to me that there ought to be a law making it impossible
for brokers to control EVERY vacant apartment - perhaps limiting
the conditions under which landlords can shift the fee to you?
I feel quite victimized. It seems to me that if I can't opt out of
the broker route, they're not offering a service, they're
simply engaging in extortion.
By the way, I'm a reporter, and would be glad to write a story about
this situation if someone can help me get to the right sources.
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