My job is relocating to NY/PA. I tried to rent a rural PA house in fair shape, listed by a real estate company. $1600/mo. Landlord kept asking for more and more money. The application I signed stated 1st, last and one month security (very normal) . No pet deposit, no additional fees. (this place had fenced pens for hunting dogs against the back of the house) After much haggling with landlord, we agreed to 6 months up front, $9600. Steep, but do-able. To that he then decides to add 2 months security, then a day later, a non refundable dog fee, then a day later, half the real estate broker's fee. The agreed on $9600 to move in turned into $14,100 up front before I move in. I countered with six months rent, one month security, half the broker and the pet fee. He said no. In what universe is $12,500 cash up front not enough for a crummy $1600/month rental. By the way, I have perfect credit, with a 841 score and nothing at all wrong on the report. 100% paid ahead of time on everything. The bad part is that my contract says I must be there in 10 days from today. I have to start again, and I'm in FL busy with work. Some people really stink.