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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