psyrag OP t1_jad6gxn wrote

Ok, that makes sense. I thought it was strange to have to pay the brokers fee before signing the lease...

As for the listings and application fees, I feel like it's normal for housing available to students to ask for application fees... Maybe this isn't the case for apartments that do not allow students, but all my friends who have already moved off campus have paid application fees of ~$50.

Thanks for the info!


psyrag OP t1_jad42ua wrote

most of the ones ive seen online/in person have an application fee though. is it legal in MA to have an application fee but it just has to be refundable?

i'm also a current undergrad student- could that factor into them wanting such a high amount upfront since there are probably 20 other students fighting for the same place?