It's been my experience that the landlord pays the commission. If I find a property that a client is interested in that is not represented by an agent, I give the landlord a commission agreement. If the landlord does not sign it, I will not show his property to my client; plain and simple. There was one occasion where a landlord did not want to sign the commission agreement, and the client really wanted to look at the property, so in that case, I did explain to the client that the landlord did not want to pay a commission, and if the client wanted my representation in that deal, they had to agree to pay a commission, which they did.
May 18, 2011