Hey guys, so me and my girlfriend are first time renters in the NYC area and we are worried about the conditions of our lease. Basically WE found the apartment we are looking to rent and went through the landlords real estate agent as a middle man. The real estate agent showed us the apartment and said we would need first month’s rent, security deposit, and a one month of rent as his fee. It seemed like this is not uncommon so we understood and verbally agreed. However the real estate agent sent over the lease agreement and there is no mention anywhere of this 1 month commission. We have taken a tour of the apartment and met the landlord so it seems totally legit. However two massive red flags is that the real estate agent is insanely unprofessional and has also tried pressuring us to pay his commission in cash. We plan on paying by check to avoid any claims of non payment. Btw, we are supposed to sign it tomorrow so any help is really appreciated.
TL;DR a real estate agent is looking for a cash payment that is not in writing in our lease and we feel sketched out.