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Satellite Dish Wars: Installation and Removal – Landlords vs. Tenants

“Can landlord prohibit tenants from installing a satellite dish?”

Landlords are prohibited from restricting a tenant’s ability to get satellite dishes and antennas placed in private rented space as long as the installation of these devices meets appropriate criteria, according to the Federal Communications Commission Order 98-273.
Also known as FCC Order 98-273 or the FCC Satellite Rule, this law states that landlords cannot ban satellite dishes from a rental property. As long as the satellite dish is 40 inches or smaller in diameter, it must be allowed on the property in private rented space when installed by a professional. The law allows the landlord to supervise installation and impose reasonable restrictions such as the followings:

  1. A landlord could ask for landlord’s written permission to install a satellite dish and restrict the location of all dishes installed at the premise;
  2. A landlord could be present at all installations and have the final choice of the installation options provided by the professional installer;
  3. A landlord would be able to include a mandatory requirement that a tenant carry renter’s insurance to cover any injuries, accidents or damages to the property or other people from a satellite dish.

“Who is responsible to remove an old satellite dish from the property once a tenant moves out?”


Have you ever noticed how some rental properties have 2 or 3 satellite dishes on their roof?While providSatellite Dish Installation and Removaling a valuable service, these dishes can sometimes become quite the nuisance to property owners if rules for the proper installation and removal are not set in advance.

Who is responsible to remove an old satellite dish from the property once a tenant moves out?

Satellite Provider?   Property Owner?   Property Manager?   Tenant?

Answer: Tenant



Many people believe it is the responsibility of the satellite service provider to remove the equipment since they are the ones who installed it, but this is not the case. According to a representative from DISH, “The dish, or antenna, is the property of the customer.”. The tenant is actuallSatellite Dish Caused Roof Damamgey responsible to remove their satellite dish; however you need to get it in writing. Unless it is stated in your rental agreement that the tenant is solely responsible for removal, then the responsibility falls to the property owner or property manager.

What about damage caused by the removal of the dish? The tenant is also responsible to leave the property in the condition it was received which includes repairing any holes caused by installation of the satellite dish and repainting damaged areas.

“Do you know what is in your rental agreement?”

Your Real Property Management office is familiar with the issues related to satellite dishes and will assist you in avoiding costly mistakes and repairs.


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