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Old 05.01.2009, 16:03
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Re: Rentals

As a rule, if a rental property is owned by a private person and they don't want to go through the hassle of finding a new tenant, setting up contracts etc. etc. they'll use an agency. That agency will place the adverts in all the usual websites for home seekers, will set up viewing appointments, answer questions and so on. Their commission (usually 1 month's rent) will either be paid by the home owner or - more usual - by the new tenant, in this case you.
There's nothing really "dodgy" about this; somebody has to pay the bill and it can either be the home owner or the tenant. If you really like the property, why not try suggesting that the commission is split 50/50 between yourselves and the owner.
Good luck!