Cell Tower Lease Rates and Buyout Agreements


Many people tend to ask themselves this question, what are the cell tower lease rates where my potential cellular site is located? When it comes to the evaluation of cell site lease rates is not an easy task because much comparative data is not available to the public. The fact remains that cell tower lease rates are all trying to save themselves some pennies and have also reduced regarding payment for towers compared to their performances in the recent past.

Carriers usually contact the property owners and landlords via third party site acquisition leasing companies who are paid for identifying sites and getting a lease signed at a new cell tower site. Typically these property owners and landlords are always paid on rental prices plus the terms they can negotiate. The potential of making a larger bonus for the leasing consultant is increased when the carrier has got better terms for themselves. Translated, the worse the deal is that they shove down your throat, the more money they make. You should always know that buy any chance if they claim not to have received their payments as scheduled just know they are lying to you. The carrier leasing companies are also paid premiums for turning a lease around quickly. You may also read further about cell towers at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_site.

Therefore in case you have been given a contract to put a cell tower on your property or antennas on your tower then things might be going opposite of your expectations. You need to evaluate the offer and know whether the offer they handed to you is a profitable one, a mediocre one, or just a waste of time offer. You also need to determine if the wireless carrier has any other choices where they can go in your neighborhood which would be a better location. That will determine the amount of leverage you have in the negotiation. You need to respond to them, and you are almost always at a significant disadvantage. And they know that.

Though you can negotiate what seems to be a good deal on its face, you can still end up with a dog of a deal if you don’t pay close attention to the telecom leasing terms and the confusing language. Chances are you are not a telecommunications legalese expert, and neither is your real estate attorney. Cell tower lease buyout rates vary from county to county within a state. In 2009 we negotiated several cell site leases with the same carrier in some cities’ metropolitan areas, and the contracts negotiated varied from $1,500 per month to $3,000 per month. The difference in price had a lot to do with wireless ordinances and poor coverage in a critical area.


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