Renting

Watch out for fees when renting an apartment

Elijah Botkin absolutely loves his apartment in the Fenway, but two weeks ago he did something few tenants in Boston’s extremely tight rental market would dare to do.

Elijah Botkin was asked to pay a additional fee to have his lease renewed. JONATHAN WIGGS /GLOBE STAFF

Elijah Botkin absolutely loves his apartment in the Fenway, but two weeks ago he did something few tenants in Boston’s extremely tight rental market would dare to do: He refused to pay a surprise charge sprung on him by the agent for his landlord.

The agent demanded $275 to renew Botkin’s lease with a new roommate. Not a lot of money, when you consider the apartment rents for $3,100 a month and the roommates have already paid another $6,200 in security and other deposits.

And it’s not at lot of money when you consider how expensive it will be if Botkin is forced to find a new place to live. The brokerage fee alone for a new apartment would probably exceed $3,000.

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