AT&T Cell Tower Lease Rates

by Glenn
(Pacific Beach CA)

Can you tell me what are acceptable lease rates with AT&T Wireless for a cell site in San Diego County? They are looking to lower our monthly rental from $1,450 to about $1,100 when we begin the 2nd five-year term of our AT&T lease. They are saying that because of all the smart phone technology they need to lower their operational costs, and in the spirit of a good long term relationship we should consider their offer or they can't guarantee their long term commitment to our site. ERGO... let us cut your rent or we will walk. I am so angry I wish I could throw them off of our property. We are in La Jolla, and I'm wondering if $1,100 per month is what other landlords are getting from AT&T?

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May 30, 2014
AT&T Lease Rates San Diego county
by: Anonymous

We lease to them in SD county, and get $3,200/month. They offered less and we said no, thank you :) I'm sure you know you are negotiating with a third party who gets more commission, the more they knock down your rent.

Jul 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

What would the rent be in Kentucky for an AT&T tower?

Mar 15, 2011
AT&T lease rates in San Diego
by: Tower Genius

Glenn. Thanks for the question. The carriers are all trying to save money and landlords are the "low hanging fruit". Depending on your location, you are about average for fair market value, you can do better on the rate depending on location and demand or availability of sites. $1,100 is below fair market value for cell tower rates in San Diego.

Let us know if you need assistance dealing with AT&T, especially if they are looking to upgrade your site to 4G and add equipment. If anything, your rent needs to go UP, not down. Think about it, more and more people using iPhones and have data plans. They make more money on those wireless subscriptions. If anything AT&T needs to increase capacity.

Please call us at 888-313-9750 if you need assistance with your lease agreement. We on on the East Coast but do a ton of work in California and know what the carriers pain threshold is for cell site rental payments.

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