Cell Tower Property owners are often contacted by their telecom or tower company tenants stating that they will relocate the tower if certain new terms are not agreed to by the landowner. Unbeknownst to the property owner, there are several factors involved in such a relocation, which many times will make it unlikely that they actually WILL relocate the tower. Firstly, the more a cell tower company has invested in the site, the less likely it is that they will vacate. Secondly, the tenant will have to spend time and money attaining zoning permits for a new location. In addition, the actual expense involved in moving the tower, which includes construction, equipment removal and migration, will play a major role in determining whether or not to move to another site.
It is vital for a landlord to be properly informed when discussing potential cell tower relocation with a telecom or tower company. Information from an expert will not only assist you when interpreting the validity of a cell-tower company’s relocation claim, but it will also enable you to maximize the terms of any extension or lease-buyout offer. If you have been contacted by a telecom or tower company proclaiming that they are going to relocate your cell tower, then call us today, and we will review your lease and your tower site to see what the risk of relocation might really be.