B: The other good thing about the apartment we saw is that it is unfurnished. It has a refrigerator and washing machine, but that’s it.
A: Why is that a good thing? I thought you would want it to be furnished, so you didn’t have to fork out for new furniture.
B: We own most of what we need. We have a bed, sofa, dining table, chairs and a chest of drawers from the last apartment.
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A: It’s all good then. Don’t forget to ask about whether there is a management fee, and remember that you will need to pay the agent: I think they usually ask for half a month’s rent.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯）
To fork out
This phrase means to spend a lot of money on something, not because you want to, but because you have no alternative but to.
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