Tenant had DirectTV install satellite dish on the roof of my rental property, and water is leaking inside.

The roof of my rental property is leaking inside the house through walls and cabinets, as a result of tenant having DirectTV install a satellite dish on top of roof.
In Leasing Property - Asked by Lorraine B. - Jun 10, 2016
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Dennis C.
Broker/Agent
Chapel Hill, NC

If the tenant is still there you could use the security deposit to cover repairs. If he has left the apartment and you know his new address you might be able to file a claim in small claims court. If not, you may be out of luck.
The take home lesson from this is to have a clause in the lease prohibiting any installs on the roof.

Jun 10, 2016
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Jient L.
Tarzana, CA

Dennis C. is right in every aspect; nonetheless, having a Clause in the Lease just to cover the Roof alone may not be enough.
Years ago, we have Tenants come and gone; most of them complained inadequate Cooling on our AC system; we finally have an AC Co. checked; the Cable guy (whom was long gone already) drilled, punctured and ran Cables through our AC air duct system leaking Cool Air to unintended areas causing replacement of our Air Duct and a few unsatisfied Tenants for many years. Now, year 2016, you can go Wireless; add "Wireless only or you'll pay..." Clause in your Lease.

Jun 11, 2016
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Bert W.
Broker/Agent
Austin, TX

I had same thing with Tenant. DirectV has no regard for installing on a roof and the possible leaking. Their agreement require the users (Tenant) to sign says they have landlord's permission and DirecTV is not responsible. I have informed the tenant that is it leaks he will be charged for all repairs. The other option is have DirecTV return and move the satellite to an eave or mount on a column or pole. Tenant will be responsible for DirecTV's reinstall and for roof repair.

Jun 13, 2016
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Tayyar E.
Broker/Agent
La Jolla, CA

The cable /telephone company or any other their installers to the building can not drill holes on the face of the building or do any work on the roof ,without express permission from the owners. The easement created for cable and telephone company is for right to service the property but does not grant them the right to make alteration by creating damage to exiting structures. It should be noted to the tenants so the installers calls before any installation and tenants will get a insurance for the lines so the work can be done properly.

Jun 20, 2016
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