In Nassau County, the tenant generally pays the rental commission. Having said that, anything can be negotiated - the commission can be paid by the tenant, by the landlord or some accomodation can be reached where the parties split the commission. There are also ways to have the landlord REALLY pay the commission even though the tenant actually hands over the check. One way is to negotiated a lower monthly rent which may ultimately save the tenant the same amount as the commission he/she is paying.
I hope you find this helpful.
Arlynn B. Palmer, ESQ, SRES, CBR, CMS, CNS
Associate Broker, REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Claire Sobel Real Estate
Direct: (516) 410-3594