What Commission Should I Expect to be Charged if Renting Through a Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles?

It depends on how tight the rental market is and how low the vacancy rate in your neighborhood of choice. Typical fees for leasing brokers are 1 month’s rent. Sometimes they’ll go down to 1/2 month’s rent. Depending on the type of apartment that you’re looking for, this can be made up for by the owner providing rental incentives such as 1 month’s free rent. Everything is a negotiation, it definitely doesn’t hurt to ask. I’m based in NY, but I believe the Los Angeles rental scene is similar to NYC.