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Jerry Wong 黃崇豪
Hi Mr Chan

Well, I can understand where you are coming from. Usually, when we work for the landlord(meaning landlord pay commission), we have the best interest of the landlord. If we work for the tenant(meaning tenant pay commission), we have the best interest for the tenant. If there is no agent representing you, it would mean that the agent will now be working for both sides. Now, working for both sides might be a little tricky, because you might not know which side your agent has more preference over and as such you might not get a good deal out of the whole thing. In fact, taking commissions from both sides is illegal in certain parts of United States. However, that being said, if you are happy with what the agent has done and has somehow able to solve all kinds of impossible problems for you. Feel free to pay him or her! This is not illegal here. Hope you find this useful.

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Jerry Wong
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J.A. Goh 吴永益
Hi Justin,

Let me answer your question direct to the point.

Yes, you need not pay commission to the landlord's agent provided if the rental amount is $2,500 or more, and provided you take up 2-yrs lease.

If it is only a 1-yr lease and rental is below $2,500, the landlord agent will make half month commission from the tenant.

Please feel free to drop me an email or call me directly for further discussion.

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J.A.Goh
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Jerry Wong 黃崇豪
Hi Mr Chan

As updated by my colleague here, this is what is being defined as a industry price guide. However, this is not fixed by any authority here as it is an anti-competitive in nature. How much you wish to pay really depends on yourself. If you don't like the price, don't engage the agent. For example, my tenant pays me commission to look for a unit because if they do that

-I can show them houses which owners do not pay commission. Would you expect these units to be shown if you follow this "industry" practice?
-I do not have any bias and will show them everything that matches your list. I am not at the mercy of the landlord agent as some agents do not co-broke(share).

Ultimately, if you want the person to work for you. Pay the person directly.

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Jerry Wong
District Specialist
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#1 Real Estate Company HSR
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