Put yourself in her shoes.......how do you think she feels. Are you being fair and reasonable?
The fact that you are seeking validation leads us to believe your heart knows the right direction you should take.
There are also two types of "no fee" listing (explained in more detail at the link below).
If the agent told you it was no fee, then that probably means that her commission was going to be paid by the building (not by you). But if you were not going to pay a fee in the first place, I'm not sure what would be gained by signing directly with the building instead of with the agent.
Alternatively, if she was asking you to pay the broker fee, then that just means it was an open listing. Here is a very common scenario:
- An agent takes someone to see an apartment, and quotes them a fee if they want to sign.
- The person goes home, looks the apartment up online, sees that it is "no fee," and thinks the agent was trying to rip them off.
There is nothing unethical about an agent charging a fee for showing you a "no fee" apartment. It is true that you may have been able to find the apartment yourself. But if you are going to ask an agent to find the apartments for you, then you should be prepared to compensate her for her time.
I f you didn't sign any agreement I doubt that the broker will be able to prosecute youbut I can't give legal advice, let me know if you need a list of attorneys. I'm wondering how this turned out for you? One of the big problems in Manhattan is unlicensed "Apartment brokers" collecting application fees for apartments and ripping people off. Also if the flyer was from the previous tenant perhaps this is an illegal sublet that the super is helping with? The agent/broker was not looking out for her own interests by showing you that apartment, as you had not agreed to pay her fee and that building wasn't paying her fee. I f you want to clean your karma or conscience consider recommending and referring the agent to friends or family on a purchase of property (Could be anywhere) Or write a nice letter of recommendation if you think they deserve it for the work they did for you!
Please let us know the outcome.