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Old 09-26-2007, 08:31 AM
 
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Basically, two roommates and myself rented an apartment through a management company who publicly lists their openings on their website. Another person related to one of my roommates met up with a broker for that same apartment- none of us were present. She isn't on our lease, and is not living in the apartment but she signed one of those broker agreements which states if she rents in that apartment, she owes the broker a fee. Stupidly she wrote another roommate's and my name on that sheet, but the sheet makes no reference to additional occupants- only to the person who signed this piece of paper. In addition, we never gave her any authority to sign anything and the broker cornered her as she got off the subway.

Now the broker is threatening to take us to court over the fees which I don't feel we owe.

Any help or suggestions on whether we are right or wrong? I feel we do not owe on the grounds that this girl is not on our lease, isn't living in our apartment, had no right to sign our names to anything, and what she signed only states the signee is responsible for a fee for an apartment she never rented.

Thanks!!!
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:42 AM
 
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Basically, two roommates and myself rented an apartment through a management company who publicly lists their openings on their website. Another person related to one of my roommates met up with a broker for that same apartment- none of us were present. She isn't on our lease, and is not living in the apartment but she signed one of those broker agreements which states if she rents in that apartment, she owes the broker a fee. Stupidly she wrote another roommate's and my name on that sheet, but the sheet makes no reference to additional occupants- only to the person who signed this piece of paper. In addition, we never gave her any authority to sign anything and the broker cornered her as she got off the subway.

Now the broker is threatening to take us to court over the fees which I don't feel we owe.

Any help or suggestions on whether we are right or wrong? I feel we do not owe on the grounds that this girl is not on our lease, isn't living in our apartment, had no right to sign our names to anything, and what she signed only states the signee is responsible for a fee for an apartment she never rented.

Thanks!!!
If you or your room mate didn't sign an agreement my guess is your not liable. I would suggest contacting the agents broker to clarify.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:57 AM
 
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You own nothing. The contract was with the person who signed it and is only executed if that person is on the lease. The broker is not the "contributing cause" for you getting the apartment. Tell the broker to go pound sand.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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How related? Like your roommates mother acting in a capacity to represent you? You may want to talk to an attorney...

Shelly
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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I am not an attorney. But, unless you signed a power of attorney with the roommate, they have no legal standing to commit you to anything. At all. So, no, you do not owe the broker a commission.
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:18 AM
 
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good luck with that.
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