I own a duplex , now dealing with the 3rd tenant that put up a dish without my permission. Any advice???

Vinyl siding was smashed and also damaged with 70 holes. I contacted Direct TV to make a damage claim and was denied saying they had written permission from me, the owner. Copies of all installation papers were sent to me including the forged permission form that my tenant submitted. Went round and round with Direct TV end result being DENIED. I am contacting an attorney to see what grounds I have to sue direct TV and my "former" tenant. Got an estimate of $1400.00 to make repairs, but no one to pay.
In Leasing Property - Asked by Deb H. - Sep 17, 2012
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Anthony M.
Broker/Agent
Sarasota, FL

Deb, it sounds like you have taken the appropriate steps, but make sure to update your leases moving forward to address situations like this.
It is your property, so unless your attorney says otherwise, you should be able to remove the Dish. I had this happen at one of my properties and I was furious, but in speaking to my tenant and offering them the ability to place a dish in the ground behind their unit, we were able to amicably come to a solution.
Best of luck.

Sep 18, 2012
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David C.
Developer
West Palm Beach, FL

When you lease, get double security deposit and then have a paragraph that states if you put up a dish without permission, you automatically forfeit your deposit.

Sep 18, 2012
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Greg B.
Tenant
Lenexa, KS

Direct tv and any other provider has always asked for ownership info before thay install any type of dish--it is clearly stated that they cannot install any type of dish to Vinyl siding--even if you call one of the providers and ask the question--pretending you are looking for service and see what they say!
About installing a dish to vinyl siding--remember till them your a renter and what is there policy to install a dish-----My direct tv rep said to me after he came out to my rental and said there is no way my
Company will take the liability for me to install to any type of vinyl siding-- try to get that in writing!!

Sep 18, 2012
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Dennis D.
Property/Asset Manager
Flagstaff, AZ

I read the responses and all have good advice. Make sure to add to your lease: Changes, Alterations & Modifications: no changes of any kind are permitted without ething along those linwritten approval of the property owner. Any allowed Addison's or modifications, including window coverings become property of the property owner. Something along those lines? Try to place yourself in the position of the tenant and what would you expect? Remember the tents are CUSTOMERS! Best of luck. Dennis Az

Sep 19, 2012
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Dennis D.
Property/Asset Manager
Flagstaff, AZ

One other suggestion, when vinyl siding is repaired, box out a 12"x12" area with a rough sawn 2x4 perimeter for mounting of future dishes. Add conduit pipe for the cable and run down or up at the nearest 90 degree corner. Just an idea! Dennis Az

Sep 19, 2012
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Robert H.
Broker/Agent
Metairie, LA

You are missing the big picture. As a landlord you are offering a product subject to supply and demand. Obviously the market is telling you there is demand for your property including dish service. You need to be responsive to the market. I would install a dish and include it in the rent with a second deposit and terms in the lease addressing the dish but more importantly communicate with the tenant and have an understanding. Forget the attorney. You'll find it is expensive and a waste of your time.

Oct 13, 2012
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