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Aaron Chong
Hi Wong, nope you need not pay any commission since you did not engage any agent help in the first place.

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  • CW
    That's my thought as no service is provided by the agent and I enquired based on his ad on landlord's unit. I asked the agent, if I'm not agreeable to pay the agent fee since the ad posted a landlord's property, regardless is his direct landlord or his partner's landlord, does that mean I can't view or rent that unit. His answer to me is yes, I can't view or rent if I disagree to pay agent fee. That got me puzzle and obviously the landlord is on a losing end. This doesn't seem ethical in my view but yet I don't know is it a common practice.
Geryl Lim
Hi Ms Wong,

The stigma here is what is the right practise as regulated? We are being regulated that we should not collect commissions from both the landlord and the tenant in a single deal.

Therefore giving the agent benefit of doubt that he has make it up front to you that commission is applicable, if you are not agreeable to paying commission, let's move on to another unit on the search results. It is definitely better than making it known to you after shortlisting the property. (PS: I am not encouraging such practise though.)

Again as what Joseph and Aaron has mentioned, you do not need to pay any commission if you intend to do the search on your own.

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