Churches present a unique opportunity for cellular antenna sites due to the ability of communications companies to install or construct the necessary equipment within the church’s steeple. The church steeple provides access to a high elevation, which is always important to obtaining optimum performance of communications equipment. In fact, in many small communities, the church steeple is the highest point in town. This possibility, coupled with relaxed zoning and permit requirements and fights for churches, create a very appealing location for cellular tower sites.
As always, our biggest tip for receiving the highest rents and most landowner friendly agreement is to contact a cell tower expert at Vertical Consultants today. We have dealt with several church-based cell towers, and we achieve great results! If you are undecided about reaching out for assistance from one of our experts, here are three tips to keep in mind:
First, do not simply accept the first offer you receive. The people contacting you about signing an agreement are trained in, and compensated for, pressuring landowners into bad deals. They may make you feel that you must act quickly or they will find another church. They may tell you that the terms are not negotiable. Do not be easy influenced; these tactics are most likely attempts at deception to lock you into an undervalued cell tower lease.
Second, ensure any agreement you sign requires your consent for any modifications to the site and any subtenant leases. The ability to monitor who is using your site and what equipment is being placed allows you to form a better idea of your tenant’s value in their structure. Further, requiring your consent to install new or additional equipment may provide you with the ability to reenter negotiations in the future when your circumstances have changed. Along with your right to consent to co-locating tenants, you should have a right in any sublease rents the church cell site generates.
Third, make sure you have a means of relocating your tenant, both temporarily and permanently, in case the need arises. Cellular tower site leases are generally for a term of 25 years of more. A lot can change in this time. Your congregation may grow, leading you to need to build additional space. This need to further develop your property can be severely hampered if you are not able to relocate your tenant.
These three aspects of church cellular antenna placement are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the factors that influence an optimal agreement. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Vertical Consultants today. We get results! Last year we were able to increase our client’s rental income by an average amount of 305%. Call today for a free consultation.
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