Property owners are regularly contacted by their telecom or tower company tenants proclaiming that they will relocate the tower if certain terms are not agreed to. However, there are several factors involved in such a relocation, which, many times, makes it unlikely that they actually WILL relocate the tower. First of all, the more a cell tower company has invested in the site, the less likely it is that they will vacate. Secondly, they will have to spend time and money to attain zoning permits for a new location. Also, the actual expense involved in moving the tower, including construction, equipment removal and migration, will play a huge role in determining whether or not to move to another site.
It is important 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, 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.