Can tenant sue for realtor fee amonths after they occupy?

Question Details:I was listing agent representing landlord on rental. Tenants came through another realtor and paid our fee. Some repairs not made by landlord by start date of lease. I told them not to move in because he had 30 days from start to finish repairs or else they could void lease. They moved in anyway and have lived there for months. Landlord never fixed problems or got a C/O although I advised him. I am not apartment manager. Can they sue me for fee even though it's now a landlord/tenant issue? Do I need a real estate lawyer to help me with this? I'm in Morris County, NJ.

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J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 5 years ago

You had a contract with the landlord to find them a tenant.  If the landlord got the tenant and your fee was paid, you have completed your obligations.  Unless you are not telling me something, there is no continuing obligation on your end once you secure the tenant and the tenant moves in.  Indeed, you are not the property manager and have no duties to warn the landlord or otherwise.  I would not worry about being sued here as it is not your responsibility to have the C/O or make sure the repairs were made.  If anyone is at fault here, it will be the landlord for breaching his obligations to the tenant.

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