It would not be the agent who cashed your deposit check, it would be the landlord you wrote it out to.. My guess is what your referring to is the broker fee (in Boston and surrounding areas the renter pays the broker fee) .. The first/last, securuity deposit checks should accompany the signing of the lease..... more
Above all things stay cozy with the Fair Housing Laws.
* Credit History
* Annual Income
* Length of Employment
* Landlord References (Always try to get the previous one as well as the current)
* Pets -- Consider being pet friendly. You can charge a monthly premium per pet and collect a security deposit. People will pay extra because Pet friendly apartments are under-supplied and in demand
* Lead Certified - Consider getting lead certified. Again, undersupplied and in demand, commands more rent.... more