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landlord-tennant issues

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Robert Vaclav, Mar 20, 2001.

  1. Robert Vaclav

    Robert Vaclav Member

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    "NO-I'm sorry, you cannot mount your dish, as stated, no alterations to the building.." [​IMG] Isn't there a law or statute which exists stating rights of tenants in these matters? If so, where can I find it? [​IMG] 90 days is running out soon with no response from FCC, or other govt. agencies.
    "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
    Thanks in advance,
    Robert
     
  2. Neal_C

    Neal_C Well-Known Member

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    Robert,
    I just went through this myself but luckily I am moving to a house, so now I don't have to worry. The law is this: you can mount a dish anywhere that is on the property you pay for such as your balcony. The FCC says that the apartment complex has the right to say no to you using common areas, ie outside walls, the roof, on a tripod outside in the grass. But, when I posted my problem on another forum, I was told that if you don't have a place to put a dish on property you pay for, the apt. complex cannot deny you a way to get a signal. I was informed that the threat of a court hearing on the matter would probably persaude them.
    I was very close to threatening the court hearing when we found a house. My apt complex actually flat out lied to me, they said that the FCC would not allow them to allow tenants to put dishes on outside walls or the roof. I came back with, well, there are plenty of apt. complexes around here with dishes on the roof and outside grass area. They said, they are in violation of FCC law and we will not do that.
    So because of that little convo, I had a good case to threaten a court order for, but I didn't have to.
    I'm not sure if them having to provide you a signal is absolutely true, you may wanna check into that.
    It is my opinion that apt. complexes sign deals with cable companies, thus preventing some people from getting satellite service. Since people don't argue, they get away with it.
    I would however advise that you make sure you have plenty of time left on your lease. If you take this to far, you may not get the chance to renew.
    just my 2 cents,
    Neal
     
  3. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Well-Known Member

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    Robert,
    I must ask if you have a balcony (private) that will allow you to point the dish in the right direction. If you do, that is the best way to go. You can either buy a pot and cement a pole in it, or another method would be to put a sheet of 3/4" ply, cut it to the size of deck and mount the dish to it.
    What you cannot do is to drill or screw anything into their property. As for the cable, I discovered that the sliding glass door didn't go all the way across the track, so I wove the cable around it, and it worked out great.
    Some people have managed to point the dish from the inside through a window, but I couldn't get that to work.
    Good luck - Glenn
     
  4. Neal_C

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    I did some research on getting the signal through a window after I tried it and failed. It all depends on the thickness of the window, and how well it compares to the wavelength of the signal being sent by the satellite. It also depends the angle the dish is pointing with respect to the window. If it is pointing straight out, obviously have a much better chance to get the signal. The more the angle out the window, the less chance. Its kinda like the space shuttle re-entering the atmosphere, if you don't get the right angle it will either burn up or bounce off. In the case of the signal and window, it will either be absorbed or bounce off. The recommendation is switch the window pane to plexiglass.
    Also, when running the cable in from outside, there is an adapter that will allow you to full close a window while having the cable still go through it. Its designed for RV's and am sure it will work with your patio door.
    Neal
     
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  6. Robert Vaclav

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    Thanks friends,
    I think I have enough info to be able to install with confidence. I appreciate all of your feedback on the matter. [​IMG]
    As for the solution, I guess I'll mount it on the balcony. [​IMG] I just hope that I can get reasonable signal strength.
    Thanks again,
    As always,
    Robert
     
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  8. Neal_C

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    You are not forbidden from mounting, you are just responsible for returning it to its original condition, ie filling the holes, when you move out. I think landlords try to scare to many people away from satellite. Their "if we let you do it, everyone will want it" and "it doesn't look good on our building" are such b.s. answers its a joke.
    I firmly believe the apt. complexes, condos, etc, that don't allow satellites to be mounted on a wall, on the roof, etc, have contracts with cable companies. The cable company knows that about half the units in the complex wont' have any private space to mount a dish, so they know they are guaranteed to get atleast that much service if they do a contract with apt. complex. Of course, the apt. will never tell you that is the reason, they will just give you the other bs.
    I believe the FCC should pass a rule to give people in these situations a choice of service..its a monopoly if you only have one choice. And believe, I know about monopolies, I live in Texas...try getting a choice on utilities, and until a few years ago, phone service.
    Of course, these are just my thoughts,
    Neal
     
  9. PeterM

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    Does anyone know where to get that adapter that allows you to close the door and still run the cable through it?
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