Who pays commision on a rental apartment?

Asked by Cristina R. Pardinas, Los Angeles, CA Thu Nov 4, 2010

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Richard "RJ"…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Thu Nov 4, 2010
Hello Cristina,
If a broker is used and the property is listed, then the commission is paid by the landlord. The tenants do not pay commission, unless there is a special agreement signed by the prospective tenant and their respective agent for a service fee of some sort, but this is rarely the case.

Sometimes tenants will pay for a vacancy or available rental list and those lists allow the landlord to list the property without a payment, but most of these services only give a free text listing and you would still have to pay to get photos, better placement, etc.

If you want to get your property leased out with the minimum hassle to you, have someone else show up for all the inquiries throughout the day, perform all the credit checks and tenant screening, and coordinate all the paperwork, then hiring an agent familiar with leasing would be your best bet and it would be worth your paying their commission.

I am happy to assist with this if you are looking for someone. Please let me know.
Richard "RJ" Kas (SFR, SRES)
"Representing the finest properties from Los Angeles worldwide"
KAS Properties - Coldwell Banker Previews International - Beverly Hills East
9388 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.859-5334 office - 310.488.9826 mobile - 310-273-0670 fax ATT: RJ
RichardKas@gmail.com - http://www.RJforLA.com - DRE: 01352771
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UpNest, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Fri Dec 2, 2016
Typically the renter pays the commission on a rental apartment. There are certain circumstances where the building or landlord will pay the realtor's commission, especially it it's an off season like in the winter when things are slow. UpNest.com can help you find a realtor with a low commission fee for rentals in your local area.
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Thu Nov 17, 2016
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Christine.w…, Other Pro, Fort Myers, FL
Thu Nov 17, 2016
The question of who pays the commission on a rental, the landlord or the tenant, is also determined by local custom.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Wed Nov 10, 2010
Hi Christina,
Normally commissions are paid by the seller of the property, or in this case the Landlord. The landlord or owner will hire an agent to help them market and lease their property, and the agent will split their commission with the agent who brings in a qualified tenant.
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William Dori…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Thu Nov 4, 2010
Owners of rental property, and I happen to be one, use many options in finding good tenants. If the owner of an apartment or apartment building seeks the help of a Realtor then the commission is paid by the landlord to that agent or to the agents who finds the tenant if the property is listed through the MLS. However, landlords have several options in finding good tenants, most are free services but a few do charge. These services can include obtaining a credit check, a verification of bank account and employment of a prospective tenant and having used such services in the past they have proven valuable to me as a property owner, but then again, these were fees I agreed to pay, not a commission.

William Dorich, Realtor and author of the book, Defeat Foreclosure
(310) 923-2157
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Aviva Motava…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Thu Nov 4, 2010
The commission is usually paid by the landlord.
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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Thu Nov 4, 2010
If the property is listed through a Realtor, the owner pays a commission to the Realtor's Broker and it's disbursed according to the terms of the listing agreement
Web Reference:  http://www.321property.com
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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Thu Nov 4, 2010
Hi Cristina,
Commission may be paid in several ways.
If you are the owner of the property, You may retain an agent to represent your interest. If you do, you will pay a commission to your agent. In addition, if you place the property in the MLS, a portion of the commission will be paid to the tenant's agent.
If you are a tenant, unless you have an agreementt with an agent to represent you exclusively, you will not pay a commission.
If you do have an exclusive agreement the commission will have been set up at the time you signed up with your agent.
The amount of commissions are negotiable. Customarily, anywhere from 6 to 10 percent is paid on the total amount of year's lease. On a month to month tenancy, the commission rate is 42 percent of 1 months rent.
Hope this helps.
Debbie Bremner
Realtorr, 00588885
3105711364 direct
81856 46591 cellular
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Vince Lombar…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Thu Nov 4, 2010
The owner or person leasing out the property pays the commssion. Let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks.

Vince Lombardi
Real Estate and Mortgage Services
Direct (310) 489-5608
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