finley wrote:It sounds to me as if he's grumbling not about the fee per se, but because the agent still wants his money despite the deal falling through.
Normally the fee is payable when contracts are signed (that is, when the property is actually rented out). Agents don't normally charge a fee simply for saying "look, here's an apartment. Any good?".
The OP was certainly rude and naive, but he was under no obligation to actually put pen to paper, even if his reasoning was spurious, and the agent shouldn't still be asking for money. An apology might be in order though.
Interesting. I didn't get that from my reading of the OP. If the agent is still demanding money even if the deal was never completed, then of course he shouldn't pay it. If that's what went down, then I apologise to the OP for my misreading.
If, however, he signed a lease for the apartment-- or intends to rent the apartment-- listed by the agent and is refusing to pay the agent's fees, then that is another matter.