I agree, this baffles me too. When a person rents, they generally have to already pay a security deposit plus first month's rent. To help out my clients, I try searching for just "landlord pays commission" or a split between the two. It's a lot of money to pay in one lump sum, and I know because I've been in that position.
I will be listing my uncle's property for rent soon. I will urge him to make his property stand out and offer something to a potential tenant.... more
In NY, we pick and choose who pays what... but in most cases if you are heading out to get a rental listing, and tell the landlord that he or she will be the one obligated to pay the fee, they will just go hire another agent.... for free.
The ONLY time I really see the landlord pay the fee is on higher end summer/seasonal rentals.... more