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I have signed a very standard rental agreement with a landlord. I have contacted him through a real estate agency, because they were the ones who posted the ad on the Internet. They did not participate or otherwise influence me signing the contract with the landlord.

I was also pressured into signing a contract with the real estate agency, after I moved in. I say pressured, because it was presented to me before showing me a draft, and I was manipulated into signing it after taking a casual glance - stupid, but there's no changing that now.

The contract states that I am to pay 1.5x the normal rent if the agency undertakes steps that result in me signing a rental agreement with the landlord, or if I rent the property anyway after signing this contract within two years of signing it.

Now, the agreement with the agency has been signed after the rental agreement, and after I've moved in - my understanding is that since the conditions in the contract are not satisifed, I am not obliged to pay anything - is that correct?

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I have contacted him through a real estate agency

means that they did

undertakes steps that result in me signing a rental agreement with the landlord

You signed the contract, you are bound by its terms.

  • The terms state that the payment is due if those steps take place after signing it. – A tenant Oct 2 '17 at 11:06

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