Q. A friend of ours told my wife and I about an opening in their building and gave us the number of their super. We called him, he showed us the apartment, we loved it, and told him we wanted to apply.
The management company told us we had to pay a broker fee, even though we never even spoke with an agent They wanted this "broker fee" in cash. It seemed shady, but we paid it anyway. Is this “broker fee" legal? If not, how would we go about getting our money back?
A. Yes, the broker fee is legal assuming that the firm collecting it maintains a valid brokerage license with the Department of State (which you can check here) and provides you with an Agency Disclosure that looks like this. If they fail to provide it, they may not be entitled to keep their commission.