Cell Tower Lease Rates Exposed

By Steve Kazella
What are average cell tower lease rates? That depends on many factors, but the dirty little secret in the cell tower leasing industry is not the amount of rent that you are receiving on a monthly basis.

In 2013 and 2014, we have seen cell sites paying between $100 per year (that's right, $8.33 per month, to over $60,000 yearly with Top Tier cellular carriers, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Cricket, and Sprint Nextel. Monthly rental rates for the "Big 3" tower management companies, American Tower, Crown Castle International and SBA Communications can range from $3,600 per year to well over $40,000 per year. All lease rates regardless of carrier or cell tower developer are site specific and vary from location to location and are based on the demand for coverage and the availability of potential locations to lease ground space, tower space or rooftop space. So what's the secret?

Cell Tower Lease Rates Are Only As Good As The Terms You Agreed To.

Here's the dirty little secret about cell tower lease rates that carriers don't want property owners to know about:

• Wireless carriers pay many of their leasing agents (site acquisition consultants) performance bonuses for bringing in leases at lower rates and with favorable terms.

• A 1% difference in yearly rental increases can easily equal a difference of a whopping $170,000 over the 25-year lifetime of the typical cell tower lease.

• On a three carrier cell tower that's over a half million dollars lost revenue over 30 years if you or your attorney don't know what to demand during the cell tower lease negotiation.

• A carrier may pay their leasing agents a few hundred extra dollars to get you to agree to this type of rate, and they have many other price points for which they pay out performance bonuses – ALL of which come directly out of your pocket in the long run.

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What's The Bottom Line For Cell Tower Lease Rates?

The average cell tower rent is going to vary from county to county and state to state -- and they also differ depending on which carrier you are dealing with, they amount of pain they have (bad coverage and tough zoning laws), and their budgets.

For example, we are currently (2014) negotiating deals with various carriers in different counties between $19,000 per year ($1,583/month) and $36,000 per year ($3,000/month), so it really comes down to supply and demand of properties, where a carrier can locate its base station equipment, tower and antennas.

How can you truly know if you are maximizing your location's profitability?

Talk To A Cell Tower Leasing Expert.

We help land owners and building owners maximize the rental rates that they receive on their cell tower ground leases and rooftop cellular site leases with all major wireless carriers including Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, AT&T Wireless (Cingular), T-Mobile (Omnipoint), US Cellular, and Cricket. If you have a tower owned or managed by American Tower, Crown Castle or SBA Communications, we can provide the kind of professional guidance that you need to determine the fair market value of your cell tower and help you to negotiate a fair lease or amendment with your tenant.

But even more important than the rental rates -- we pay extremely close attention to the TERMS. Yes, we've just about seen it all and can tell you without a doubt that ALL cellular site leases are heavily slanted in favor of the wireless carriers. We level the playing field. We know where there is wiggle room to negotiate, and where their isn't, where we can push the carriers to accept terms, and where we can't, and where we can squeeze them for better rates.

And no, we are not attorneys. But the partners of our firm have literally reviewed and negotiated thousands of cell tower leases over the courses of our combined careers, and can quickly and efficiently review your contract and negotiate on your behalf.

If you need assistance in reviewing or negotiating your lease or for questions regarding CELL TOWER LEASE RATES - CONTACT US TODAY.

Speak with a cellular site leasing expert, select the "RING ME" button to call us during regular business hours from anywhere inside the United States, M-F 9AM-6PM, East Coast Time. We can answer your questions about cell tower lease rates or any other carrier lease related questions you have.

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