Posted by TenantNet on February 07, 1998 at 11:23:20:
In Reply to: Brokers and "fishy" rent posted by Grace Testani on February 04, 1998 at 19:11:37:
: My neice is trying to get an apt in NYC (having just graduated from college). She has found a doorman building in the 2o's and Park Ave with A/C and dishwasher included.
: the rent quoted for this 700 sq ft one bedroom is $1750.
: This is the deal the broker has presented.
: She was originally to pay the broker 15% of the first years rent.
: She negotiated him down $350 off the top and then 6 months worth of the
: second years rent increase which amounts to about $600. Their lease is a 2
: year lease and the second year the rent goes up 5%
: 2 questions:
: (1) is this a reasonable fee for the broker
: (2) Can the landlord extract a 5% rent increase WITHIN a 2 year lease?
: I have lived in NY City for 26 years and have never heard of such a thing. I thought one of the the purposes of a lease was to prohibit the landloard from jacking up the rent (at least for the duration of the lease.)
It's not a question of fairness. A lease is a contract, and if it's not
rent regulated (which it appears not), then the provisions of the lease
are whatever both parties agree to.
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