If the agent is representing the landlord he it not allowed to collect a commission from you as this is illegal.
Such practices are known as dual representation which is not allowed under the Estate Agents Act. If found guilty, the agent can be fined $25,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
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You can double check with the landlord agent if the fees he requested is in regards to your past year rental or the extension you requested. For your past year rental, it is unlikely he will request you for payment as the normal practise is for commission payment to be made once tenancy agreement is signed. It is likely this payment is due to your request of extension and the owner is not willing to bear the brokerage fee just for this 3 to 6 months extension. One way to negotiate this is you can request for 1 year extension instead and see if owner willing to absorb the brokerage fee. Feel free to contact me at 93375051 for further details on this.
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