Your best bet is to somehow find an old school land lord that has been renting on their own for a long time. They are a hold over from another time and are more or less removed from the current renting system.
A final note on rental fees: there is no free lunch. If you engage a professional to help you find a home expect to pay a fee plain and simple. If you do not pay the fee at the signing of the lease it is likely that money is made up by a slightly higher rent on the landlords part. So unless you are willing to put some serious time and energy into finding your own place and have several months to do it in, expect to be paying a rental fee.
Carey T. Hansen
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