Jun 23, 2015 - 08:48 AM
In the photo below, you can see this landlowner's spread. The landowner has horses and it is difficult to keep the horses in the fence and also allow tower technicians or wireless carrier technicians access to the site 24 hours a day for emergency repairs. As I have experienced in the past, sometimes I would be sent to a site that has livestock yet no one gave me that information. If we hadn't closed every gate behind the work trucks as we passed through all the sheep and cows would have gotten out. Can you imagine, as a landowner, how frustrating it is to chase down your livelihood as it escapes, several times a year? Somehow, the word does not make it down through the channels that yes, you have access rights, but close the gates and keeps the animals in the fence. A few years of this and any landowner would be begging to get out of their lease, which is why we recommend either adding this provision into the lease from the get go, or adding an amendment to your existing lease that states that you must approve in advance any access, or at the very least, your tenant must receive verbal confirmation that equipment modifications will be made.
In Brownsville, Texas, the landowner tried to put their own locks on the gates to prevent tower crews from being on site without the landowner's knowledge. The tower crew installing a Media Flo antenna, took the gate off the hinges and of course left the gate open. Most of the landowner's cows got out and the landlord had to bring in 2 professional cowboys to get the herd back in the gate and fix the gate. I was amazed because I got to see real cowboys in action from the tower, but what the landowner had to pay to retrieve his property definitely cut into any money he receives monthly from American Tower.