Most of the times, you do not have to pay an agency-fee. Still there are some properties where this fee is being asked. That’s not always right. Read this article to see what this agency-fee is and when you should pay for it.
What is mediation?
A lot of house-owners ask for mediation with a real estate agent to rent out their property. The real estate agent will take care of, for example: viewings, the rental contract and provision of information. In that case, the real estate agent is a mediator between the house-owner and the tenant.
What does the law say about an agency-fee?
Since 2015 there are clear rules about the agency-fee. When a real estate agent is a mediator between the house-owner and the tenant, the mediator is prohibited by law to ask an agency-fee to the tenant.
This is due to the risk of conflict between the house-owner and the tenant (art. 7:417 lid 1 Burgerlijk Wetboek ‘‘BW’’).
What is the difference between agency-fee and registration fee?
Some mediators still ask the tenant to pay for an agency-fee.
Research by the Consumentenbond shows that sometimes there are different names being used, like ‘’registration fee’’. It does not matter how you name these costs; asking for a fee to mediate between a house-owner and a tenant is not allowed! So pay attention and ask why this kind of fee is being asked.
When do you have to pay an agency-fee?
If you ask a mediator yourself to search for a property or if you ask them to negotiate about a property which is not from another house-owner; than they are allowed to ask a fee for this. The mediator is than not working for another house-owner, but only for you as a tenant.
Does vb&t Verhuurmakelaars ask for an agency-fee?
No. The properties you will find at our webpage, are from different house-owners. This means that we are a mediator between the house-owner and you as a tenant. So we do not ask for any fee.