Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pay us now and pay us later

Despite the economy, some Center City landlords are still acting as it it's a seller's market - given the fees they seek.

Pay us now and pay us later

After years of living in the burbs, a couple of friends from New Jersey are selling their house and moving to Center City. They're looking for a dog-friendly apartment, and finding many options.

But one building they've struck off their list was a complex where the management informed them that all tenants must pay a $1,000 "move-in" fee, as well as another $1,000 fee to move out when the lease expires. That's above and beyond a deposit. 

It's ridiculous. How can any apartment building get away with such a charge?

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