No fee apartments are apartments which you can rent without paying a rental broker commission. In NYC, most apartments are available through real estate brokers, who charge you a fee of up to 15% of a year's rent. But, if you’re a savvy renter, it’s totally possible to find a good apartment without paying a fee!
Though you can find no fee listings through brokers, the only true no fee apartments are those which you rent directly from the landlord. The most reliable way to do this is to search for verified landlords, which will limit your listings to owners and managers who are happy to work directly with tenants.
Confused about how the fees work and how much everything might cost? Read our guide to broker fees and how they work in NYC.