I just want to add to the statement provided, generally the landlords that pay the brokers fee are looking for tenants that make 25-50 times the yearly rent ,they must have good credit, sometimes depending on the management company they require an application fee 2-300 $ in some cases. They pay the broker because they want the best tenants in the tenant pool. They are generally well maintained and sometimes renovated apartments close to mass transit, some may be a little on the high end of the market spectrum. Either way you pay. Sometimes using a broker you can fins nice deals 1-200 $ per month less than the other venues, in this case it pays for itself if you save 200 per month for 1 year thatâ€™s a savings of 2400 dollars if you there several years the cost of the broker fee has little or no meaning. In the typical deal where a person uses a broker many people are being paid out of the fee, It can be split between the listing agent and your agent and then split between the two agents brokers and the rent and support staff are being paid. Some people think the brokers charge too much and they are getting rich but after gas expenses and all these factor the true story comes out. To make a living one must rent many apartments in a month. Some folks like yourself canâ€™t afford to use the service and that happens also. Try eBay Craigslist Back Page .com When you go to view an apartment take someone with you. Donâ€™t be afraid to ask the land lord for picture ID even if they have a key. If you like the apartment set up an appointment later that day, tell them you need to go to the bank and withdraw the money which should be true ,do not carry that money with you. If they will take a check all the better. Go into any Real estate office and ask them if they would mind verifying ownership of the property..If they are an MLS office in most cases they wonâ€™t mind checking out the ownership for you. let them know why youâ€™re doing it. We are human and we are not just about the money. The online classifieds have some scammers running ads and posing as landlords ect. If they are that desperate that they would try to con you ,who knows what else they would be willing to do?