Am I required to pay the broker’s fee even though my name isnot on the lease?

UPDATED: Nov 8, 2011

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

Get Legal Help Today

Compare Quotes From Top Companies and Save

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Am I required to pay the broker’s fee even though my name isnot on the lease?

I recently took a lease on an apartment; my wife found it and signed a document stating she would pay the brokers fee of $6300. The lease for the apartment is in my name. The landlord of the apartment when told about the fee told us not to pay it because we were being ripped off. Sadly by that time I had already paid $5000, however we have not paid the remaining $1300. My wife is being threatened with legal action on the remaining $1300 however, her name does not appear on the lease for the apartment in any way.

Asked on November 8, 2011 under Real Estate Law, New York


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The problem that you now have about the situation about the broker's fee and the remaining $1,300 allegedly owed is that you have already paid $5,000 of the $6,300 amount. By paying any portion of the $6,300 amount, let alone a substantial portion your actions indicate an obligation owed by you for the brokerage fee regardless if you wife's name is not on the lease where the brokerage claims money owing.

The reality is that you paud $5,000 and are living in the unit subject to the brokerage fee. Unfortunately for you, by your own conduct it seems that you owe the $1,300 balance.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption