Received intimidating letter from cell phone company renting antenna space on my roof.

by Bud
(We are located in a major metropolitan area.)

I found your website while Googling about a letter which I recently received from a wireless carrier currently rooftop space on one of my buildings. I'm glad I found your website as I'm growing increasingly angry with this cell phone carrier and I am just about ready to throw them off of my building.

1. First of all, we signed a rooftop antenna lease with this company less than 2 years ago, so this is a relatively new site.

2. To the best of my knowledge, I have not read of any new innovations implemented in our state or have been notified there been any changes to upgrade the deployed infrastructure on our Premise by the carrier. Maybe I'm an old-timer, but it seems to me like a everybody has a cell phone and my roof helps their phone to work.

3. This company invested a considerable amount of time, money and resources to build the rooftop cellular tower antenna site and place their equipment there. Why all of a sudden the change in tone? Or was this their plan all along to build the cellular tower and then wait a year or two, and then push us around and try to overpower us into agreeing to inferior terms.

4. The whole process took just under a year. We spent several thousands of dollars on legal fees to have the lease reviewed, not including the time an energy we invested in the project from start to finish. To me, these are bait and switch tactics. I NEVER would sign a lease based on what is now being shoved down our throats.

Now, this well-known cell phone company has the gall to come back with this letter that they can't ensure that my site will be needed in the future unless I consider the new rental terms they are offering?! Do they have a clue about what they are doing or is this some form letter that they mail out to thousands of landlords and see who the "suckers" are who agree to their absurd terms?

We negotiated a 25 year lease, and now they are suggesting that if we do not agree to the three horrible offers they are putting in front of us, there is a chance that our site may be eliminated.

First of all, we never would have agreed to a lease based on what they are now offering since it completely reduces the potential revenue the rooftop can generate for us.

If push comes to shove I am considering contacting a friend at our Fox News affiliate and will have them exposed on television for these business practices. Furthermore I am going to look into how I can terminate the lease and have them remove their equipment from our roof. Their letter actually says they may look for "alternate sites and get letters of intent" from neighboring landlords. Are you kidding me? Is this Jimmy Hoffa running the cell phone tower industry?!

I know that I have by far, the tallest building anywhere in the area and we have 2 major highways within a 1/2 mile on either side. They are making a very big mistake. Good luck finding an alternate site. Take a look at the language in this letter that they had the nerve to send to me. Absolutely shameless and disgraceful.

I wonder how many others have received these types of solicitations.

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Jan 18, 2013
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by: Anonymous

T-Mobile, I presume? Or they're one of many that do the same thing.

Mar 04, 2010
You know your Cell Site BETTER than the lease optimization or rent reduction consultants
by: Steve

Bud - wow I can really sense your frustration in your post. I'm sure that a lot of landlords can relate to what you are going through. I know from the all of the emails and contact forms we get here all the time from property owners like yourself.

I suggest that you take 2 steps back, take a deep breath, and do a quick assessment of your location. Remind yourself that you are the "expert", not some paper-pushing wireless paralegal who sent you this correspondence.

Is you building in a busy or heavily-traveled area?

Are there other alternative sites in the area?

If you look at the 2 companies that are the biggest culprits in the lease optimization business, they are both based in Southern California. Is your building in that area and did they actually drive by to look at it?

I will be willing to bet money that you simply received a bulk mailing and they are looking for landlords who would rather not take their chances of risking possible loss of cell tower rental income.

Hang in there. Stick to your guns. Tell them to go and pound salt. They are NOT going to take down your site 99.9% of the time.

Don't throw the off the roof yet - just dangle them over the parapet a little :-))) !


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