Ripped off by Crown Castle

by Lester Evans
(Morehead, KY, USA)

This is not a question but my experience with Crown in 2001. I have a piece of property (about 4 acres) in a rural but desirable location along an interstate highway. It must be desirable since the tower is now loaded with five tenants. I had the property sold to Crown but the evening before the transfer was to be made I got a call from some rep. of Crown asking if I would consider leasing them this property instead of selling. I said I would think about it. Response was they need to know by tomorrow. Next day another rep calls for my decision. I asked the lease rate. He said $300 per month with 15% increase every 5 years and a 25 year lease. I countered with a higher rate but was told it was the best deal going. They did increase the offer to $325 and said they needed to know by tomorrow. I agreed.
My point in this is to inform others that Crown Castle is, in my experience, crooked and cannot be trusted. I am sure some rep got a good bonus at my expense.

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May 20, 2012
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CROWN RIP OFF
by: L Evans

I AGREE WITH THE MODERATOR TO SOME DEGREE, BUT IN MY SITUATION IT WAS NOT ONE, BUT AT LEAST 4 REPS INVOLVED. THEY ALL HAD THE SAME THEME, TACTICS, AND GOAL, TO BE RIP OFFS. IN MY OPENON THEY WERE ALL TRAINED BY CROWN, INCLUDING THEIR SO-CALLED LAWYER.

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Not just Crown, but all tower companies and carriers hire professionals aka "experts" to squeeze every penny they can out of the leased Premises. Property owners should keep that in mind and do the same.

Apr 03, 2012
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Crowns Generous Offer
by: Anonymous

Crown Castle contracted an agreement with my father who only had a 7th grade education for hardly nothing. My father passed away a couple of years ago and my brother and I inheireted the property. A represenative from Crown contacted us about selling them an easement. We agreed to 125,000 thousand with 50,000 to be paid upfront. That was all and well, but the 70,000 was to be paid over the next 15 years, we even agreed to that, but the kicker came when they wanted us to finance it for them 'interest free'! Well, we refused to sign the deal unless they paid it all upfront or pay interest on the 70,000 we were allowing them to pay us over 15 years. Since we refused to go through with the deal the rep. told us, and I quote, "that's too bad for you because negoiations only go down from here".
We will see...

Moderator's Note:
Dear Anonymous... We doubt that you are making this up. to be fair to Crown, it's not the best idea to "rip" a company on a blog because of a sales representative who may not be very experienced or competent. Give us a call at Tower Genius tomorrow during business hours at 888-313-9750 and see if we can help to clarify things for you.

Aug 18, 2011
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How low can you go?
by: Tower Genius

Sorry to hear you you fell for high pressure cell tower leasing sales tactics. This is exactly why in the last three weeks we had 5 different site acquisition consultants tell the property owners that if they hired a consultant (Name our company) that they would not get the site, or call us every name in the book. One of them even threatened to report us to the authorities and threatened us with tort interference. Imagine that , impeding them from ripping off a landlord?

We had a site acquisition company from San Diego, tell our landlord in the Southwest that their site was worth $350 per month for AT&T. Of course it is.

We had a site acquisition from another outstanding firm working for US Cellular tell our client in Oklahoma that they should be happy they are getting $300 per month. ROFL.

We had another 2 fine upstanding site acquisition consultants try to lease towers to a property owners in Texas and Tennessee for about $100 per month.

We also had a love-fest with the nice folks at a leading wireless carrier in San Francisco try to get a property owner to think they should be happy with accepting $1100 per month for a stealth tree pole monopole a few short miles from one of the bay Bridges overlooking the freeway. I think they referred to my company as "Poison".

Here's the thing. There's a lot of money to be made in the cell tower leasing business. Most of the monkey's you come in contact with will go to the lowest hanging fruit where they can make the most money in the quickest amount of time and they cry like a baby after you take away their candy when they don't get their way.

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