Satellite Dish Installation and Removal: Tenants vs. Landlords

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When it comes to installation and removal of satellite or DirectTv dishes in Chicago, tenants and landlords do not always agree. Landlords typically have concerns ranging from property damage, appearance, and safety issues. According to the Federal Communications Commission Order 98-273, the tenant has a right to satellite dishes and antennas providing  the installation is legitimate and follows guidelines. Also known as the FCC Satellite Rule, it states that the tenant is allowed to have a professional install any satellite dish as long as it is 40 inches or less in diameter. The landlord is able to supervise the installation and impose restrictions within reason.

Among the greatest causes of concern for Chicago landlords is improper installation, and the damage left from removal of the dish or satellite when the tenant moves or upgrades. Some common issues of bad installation or removal are:
• Weatherproofing problems with walls and roofs
• Interfere with electrical, HVAC or plumbing systems.
• A faulty installation can cause the dish fall and hurt someone.
• Aesthetically, the Dish or Antenna and it’s wires can lower the appeal of the house or apartments, as it is installed on the exterior wall, roof, balcony, or patio.

Common solutions for the landlords concerns:
• Landlords can prohibit dish installation in common areas and insist that they do not hang over public areas such as walkways and driveways.
• The landlord can monitor installations and removals to have a say in holes that are drilled into the structure, how cables are laid out, and also to confirm removals are complete with the repair of any holes or damage to the structure.
• A landlord can require a tenant to carry renter’s insurance in case of any injuries, accidents or damages to the property or other people caused by a satellite dish or antenna.

Satellite Dish Installation and Removal: Tenants vs. Landlords