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Re: LL won't allow cable TV: so, install a dish, FCC overrules LL's

Posted by Anna on October 16, 1999 at 23:22:58:

In Reply to: Landlord won't allow cable TV posted by David Stafford on October 14, 1999 at 15:10:02:

: Dear anyone with info,

: I have a rent stabilized lease on a 1BR apartment in a 4 story, 24 unit building
: in Astoria, NY (Queens). Though the area is cable ready, my landlord will not
: allow his precious building to be wired for cable. Evidently he is uptight about
: the prospect of unsightly holes resulting from the installations. I understand
: that it is his building (he lives on the 1st floor) and he can do (or not do)
: whatever he wants. Fine. The real hypocrisy is in the fact that he has a
: satellite dish on the roof for his use and, even more frustrating, for the use of
: another tenant above him in the same line. He refuses to allow anyone else to use
: the roof, windows, or anywhere else for a similar dish. The guy is just a
: hateful creep. I know it's only TV--the apts are clean, renovated, and quite lovely
: otherwise--but our reception stinks and it just seems so unfair considering his
: dish on the roof. My question: do I have any sort legal recourse? At this point
: we just want to move, which we are planning to do in the spring of '01.

: Thanks for listening to my rant...


Forget cable, buy a dish now! Take it with you when you move...

In Nov 1998, the FCC amended a law that allows tenants to install dishes regardless of what the landlord says, within reason. There were articles in most newspapers and on many websites.

Here are two URL's: an article from the NYLJ and the law itself


Look for more current articles before you do anything: try the dish companies themselves.

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