Where in a lease does it say whether or not a rental fee needs to be paid to realtor?

My boyfriend and I broke our lease and the landlord, on top of keeping our security, is telling us we owe the realtor who brought to new tenants in $825 for a rental fee. We can’t find anything in our lease saying we need to do this but the way things are worded in the lease has us a little confused. If someone could help us look for specific key words/terms/sections in our lease that state we need to pay this fee it would be appreciated. It’s a standard lease used for many states.

Asked on June 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Hampshire

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Custom and practice in the rental industry is that the landlord pays the fees for a real estate agent who brings tenants to the rented unit. I would carefully read all written agreements that you signed concerning your rental. If there is no language concerning your obligation to pay any real estate commissions then you are not responsible for such.

If your landlord is planning on keeping your security deposit, he or she needs to send you an itemization within 21 to 45 days after move out with back up invoices showing what your security deposit is being debited for.


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