I am not an attorney or legal expert in real estate law so my answer here is simply food for thought. Anyone can write a lease option for you. You can even do it yourself. The fact that someone is an associate broker does not make them any more knowledgable than yourself when it comes to lease options. It is totally dependent on the education in these matters they have decided to get for themselves. Charging a fee for the lease option is of course standard. I don't work free and don't expect anyone else to either. As far as charging to cancel a contract goes that is a very open ended question. What was the contract for? (Listing a property, writing the lease option, etc.) What did the specific written terms of your contract with this associate broker state? Was there something in any contract you signed specifically stating you would be charged a fee if you canceled? Is the "contract" being canceled a written or verbal agreement? Once again... I am not a legal expert or attorney so my answer is only food for thought, and I do not know the specifics of your situation, however what you are describing does not sound like normal standard procedure in our area. It all depends on any contract you signed with the associate broker though.