NYC apartment brokers are jerks? Say it ain’t so!

My friend Sean sent me this copy of a letter he sent to an apartment broker’s company management about how his wife was yelled at and harassed by the broker when she tried to find an apartment. It’s a lovely, heart-warming tale of bullying, harassment, and attempted bribery right here in good ol’ Brooklyn. Enjoy! (All phone numbers and e-mail addresses have been redacted to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent, as the case may be. Warning: the language is not for the squeamish.)

To Whom It May Concern:

As you can clearly see from the text message I have forwarded below, one of your “representatives”, Seth (, has gone above and beyond his duties in representing your company.


My wife called Seth in regards to an ad posted on Craigslist for a 1 Bedroom Apartment for rent in Greenpoint. Upon making contact with Seth, my wife was asked the following:

“When do you need to move by?”

When my wife explained to him that we were flexible, as our current lease was month-to-month, Seth responded with the following (which is pretty similar to what he said to me in his text message):

“People like you will never rent the apartment, and if you want to see the apartment, you need to give me $1000.00.”

My wife asked if that was his broker’s fee, he said no, that the broker’s fee is one month’s rent, but the $1000.00 was to just “see the apartment”. My wife, shocked and upset, then tried to explain to him why we were moving (repeated break-ins in our building), but Seth decided he should scream at her, saying “show me the money, you fucking cunt”, and then he hung up on her.

I tried to call Seth and talk to him as soon as I got home from work, but as soon as I mentioned what my call was in regards to (him cursing out my wife and trying to extort money from her in order to see an apartment), he then hung up on me as well. Maybe five minutes later is when I received the text message below.

As a businessman myself, I find it appalling that someone who is out there in the field working for and representing your company would be given enough free reign to act so horribly and callously. I looked up the New York State Code of Professional Conduct for Real Estate Brokers (link provided below), and I am quite sure that Seth has violated quite a large portion of it. I don’t need someone who has no idea who I am, how much money I earn, how I need to “teach my wife some manners”, or what kind of renter I am speaking to my wife in this manner – and I am quite sure if you are someone who cares about the way your business is perceived, you realize what an impact dealing with someone like Seth can have – not just on an individual, but on an entire community.

I expect to be hearing from someone within your company (other than Seth) shortly.

-Sean Doyle

—— SMS Text ——
Sent: May 8, 2008 6:05 PM
Subject: Your wife greatly annoyed me,

Your wife greatly annoyed me, by insisting she was a qualified prospect, when in fact, I can tell you from statistics, most people who have flexible moving dates never rent an apatment. Therefore you are bad prospects. When I explained I was happy to show her an apartment when she showed me her money she became belligerent. I think you should show your wife some manners.

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

1 Comment so far

  1. arZan (arzan) on May 15th, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

    Why dont you publish the guy’s cellphone number and email and then let the "internets" do justice to the despicable being.

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