thanks to everyone that answered, i spoke to the sub landlord and its his broker who put the ad up. I negotiated the one month fee to $1800, down $700 after I made it abundantly clear that I was very unhappy with the Bait and Switch tactic. Its a great building, great unit, its big, exactly what I was looking for, and they accepted my 30 LB siberian husky.
I don't mind paying someone for their efforts, everyone has to make a living or else we might as well turn to socialism. I told them they should've just been upfront with me, I would've gladly paid the fee for the place. It hurts a bit less after you've seen so many other apts and I wouldn't have had access to the sub landlord without the broker. In the end am i a little pissed still? Yes. Am I going to pay the fee? Yes. Did I get a place thats exactly what I wanted and a 1 min commute to school? Yep.... more