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Unfortunately, generally, unless the exclusive listing agreement specifically states that if the landlord finds a tenant on his/her own, the broker would not be entitled to the commission, the landlord would be obligated to pay commission to the broker, regardless as to how apartment was rented, as long as, it was rented during the duration of the exclusive listing agreement.
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