My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New York
I need some advise asap so if anyone can give me some help I would really appreciate it. I was looking for a sub-lease in NY and found a listing on one website which an agent listed. I went to view the apartment and liked it. When i got home i searched for some more and found a listing by the tenant for the same apt on another website but this one would be no fee. My mistake is seeing the no fee ad after the fee ad and viewing the apartment through the agent but i didn't sign anything and honestly paying a months commission for an ad seems rich to me esp because the tenant himself is posting a direct ad out there as well. According to my friend i have to go through agent because he showed me first and could sue me but i have no arrangement with him. Also it's a sub-lease so theoretically the tenant is still holding the lease on the records.
Can someone please advise if i should just drop this because i want the apartment but can't afford it with the commission