I have heard of some agencies charging fees to independent agents that work out of their office. They say it helps offset the rent, utilities, phones, etc. I don't know what else they would even think about charging....I had an agency that wanted 30% of the commission for what I did and the more I did the large percentage of they wanted up to 50%...needless to say...just could not do that...I was always told the more you did the bigger piece of the pie you got...anyway: "that's all I got to say about that"
I think it is pretty common on small p&c policies, to build in a small agency fee. Lets say someone flips cheap houses, and they take out a policy with total premiums of $400 and they will probably cancel within a few months. If you don't charge a fee, then you can lose money, or just make 20 bucks on the policy, so they build in a $50 fee for their work.
That sounds resonable...As for Life, I do not charge fees but investments I have a fee structure. And for the agents in the office, they do share in the office expenses for phone, internet, copier toner, and printer ink. They dont mind b/c they are not charged rent..which could be worse..