Paying brokerage fees during tenancy? (Somerville edition)
December 10, 2013 4:29 AM Subscribe
Renting in Somerville, MA and property management is telling me I have to pay an extra $600 brokerage fees on top of rental increase to add a tenant to my lease off-cycle. Is this normal?
posted by danapiper to Law & Government (8 answers total)
I have rented in a place in Somerville, MA for over a year. A month into my second year lease term my boyfriend and I decided we would like to move in together at this apartment. I notified the property management of and asked what the process would be adding him to lease. They told me he would have to fill out the same applications, credit check etc., notified me of a small rental increase for a second person, but then told me I am required to pay the brokerage fee for changing the lease terms off-cycle - which they also tell me is 1/2 months rent (close to $600!). This isn't something we'd budgeted on, nor is it stated anywhere in my lease that I'm responsible for any brokerage fees. They are supposed to be sending me their agency disclosure statement, but this will be the first time I've seen this statement (if it is where it's stated I am responsible for the fees off-cycle). Is this normal practice or am I being taken advantage of? If my suspicions are correct, what recourse do I have? Thanks!