Before showing the property, the realtor should have provided you with a one day listing agreement, if he/she did not, then frankly, you are not obligated nor is the tenant.
However, for his/her efforts, I would advocate a 5% commission based upon the rental price. So if the monthly rental is $1000 per month, your cost is $500, to which the agent will most likely get half. In the spirit of good karma, I would offer same. Understand that on a rental a Realtors busts his/her butt for pennies when u consider the time and paperwork. I believe it would be in your best interests to ensure that at least someone is represented by an agency.
Hope al work out well.
Francesca Patrizio, Broker Sales Associate, ePro, SRES
Gloria Nilson Realtors, Real Living
Reading all the answers and your response to Laura's answer, the question still remains -- did you agree to pay the realtor a fee for bringing a tenant to your home? She had to have contacted you prior to showing your home to her tenant. In your question above, you state "realtor told that I have to pay a commission fee" - when did she tell you this? Did she say it when she called to schedule the appointment, if yes, then you allowed her to come to your home and show it with the understanding she would be paid a fee IF the person she brought to see your home, rented it? You could've have simply said no or told her that you weren't paying a fee and any fee she would be expecting or earning would have to come from her client, the tenant.
Very often, the Tenant is responsible for the Realtor fee anyway.
Give her a call and ask her.
Another important question for you....is it a greeat Tenant?
Do you want to loose them?
As to what you could do to appease the coercing of the agent, for you to owe a fee, simply refer them to talk to their client, which isn't you. The agent will be obligated, by ethics, to present an offer from the client regardless, if the tenant wishes.
By posting on some sites you actually are signing a listing agreement. You must be very careful with these "By Owner" sites.
When the realtor contacted you to show your home, did she ask you if you would pay her a commission if the person she brought to see it - rented it? Did she ask you if you cooperate with real estate agents? Even if not in writing, did you agree to pay the agent?
If you did not agree to pay her a fee when she contacted you to show your home and you did not agree to pay her a fee when she came to your home to show it, then you shouldn't be responsible for paying a commission.