Do I owe my real estate agent a commission for the rental property I am moving into?

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Do I owe my real estate agent a commission for the rental property I am moving into?

I will soon move to a new rental property and I had an agent assisting me. She informed me in writing, that I would not be responsible for her commission. The place I selected was listed on a site where the owner of the property did not use any MLS services, nor did he have an agent. We did not use the agent’s application or lease but she did make contact with the owner in order for us to view the property. Is she due a commission for this service? If so, who owes it?

Asked on April 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not your real estate agent is due a commission for the rental that you have as a tenant depends upon if you signed any agreement with her concerning this or if the presumed written lease that you have for the unit states anything about commissions.

As such I suggest that you carefully read all agreements concerning the rental that you and the landlord signed to see if there is any mention of real estate commissions. If your agent wrote you a note stating that you are not responsible for her commissions, it would appear that you are not by this admission.


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