The only legal response to this kind of question is "all commissions are negotiable"..........there is no such (legal) thing as a "typical, usual, standard, customary or expected" commission!
To state otherwise may be seen as an attempt at price fixing, even if that wasn't the intention.
The fee isnt determined by the agent. Its determined by the listing. If the listing belongs to another broker (co-broke) then the fee is usually a full 15% of 1 year (in this case, 15% fee would be $3,600). In the event that the listing you choose, apply and are approved on is open (no other agent's exclusive) then fee may be negotiated or in some cases, the owner may pay broker fee (common during winter months). In other cases, owners may give out other incentives such as 1 months rent free. Really depends on where you apply and who you are working with.
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If you daughter is looking in the boroughs, and it's not one of the top prime neighborhoods, then the fee will likely be one month's rent.
May I suggest that your daughter take a look no "no broker fee" apartments - which are the same apartments brokers rent for a fee. But if you know about the apartment and don't view it with a broker, there is ZERO broker's fee. Take a look at the listing on RDNY.com (RentDirectNewYork.com).
Good luck to your daughter and her roommates.
If there are 2 brokers involved the fee is split between those brokers.
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