Broker Fee Defintion:
In most of the United States, the landlord pays the agent a finder’s fee to list their property and find a tenant. In the areas below, that is not the case. The landlord lists the property with a brokerage, but it is the tenant that pays the fee. That fee is determined by the listing brokerage and it is up to the listing brokerage as to whether they share it with your agent.
Most of the time, it is shared except for on “exclusive” listings. The fee is the listing brokerage’s compensation for finding a tenant for the property and compensation for your agent’s brokerage for helping/representing you in finding a home and finalizing a lease to rent the property. It’s important to note that once you see a listing with an agent, another agent cannot show that listing or two fees would be due.
It is common in the following areas to have a broker fee:
Fairfield County (Stamford) – 12% of annual rent
The rest of Connecticut is ½ month
Massachusetts – 1 month is common in the entire state, although there are some areas on the western and central part of the state where it is not as prevalent.
New England states (i.e. Rhode Island, Maine) – these states are inconsistent and it depends on the area and the brokerage who lists the property ~ up to 1 month.
New Jersey – usually 1 month, but up to 12% of annual rent more so on the east side and not as prevalent on the western side.
Manhattan, Brooklyn – commonly 15% of annual rent. PorchLight’s partner brokerages may be able to discount if it is one of their listings
Long Island – usually 1 month, but up to 12% of annual rent
Westchester / Dutchess/Putnam/Orange Counties – 12% of annual rent
Finger Lakes Region – 1 month’s rent
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