Most landlords will require the following: first month’s rent, last month’s rent, a lock and key change fee and a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. Each landlord requires his/her funds at varied intervals, but generally these payments must be completed prior to departing at the end of the academic year. If you use a rental agent, then a there is an additional realtor’s fee, typically equal to one month’s rent, that is collected by the rental agency.
If you used a rental agent, there is an additional agent fee. Fee is negotiable and cannot be more than one month's rent.
Application Fees (fees charged by an agent before a lease is signed) are illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.