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The Battle is on! My landlord now demands I remove my dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Lord Vader, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Apr 27, 2011 #1 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    I've lived in my particular complex for 12.5 years. My current Slimline dish is on my balcony (2nd floor), not protruding over the edge and on the inside post of my balcony railing--nice and secure.

    A few years ago they asked me to remove it. I submitted to them the FCC's OTARD rules and they backed off (begrudgingly). Today, when visiting my leasing office for something else, I was informed that their regional manager has ordered me to remove my dish immediately. She claims that they have that right because they have a central dish that serves the whole complex. They do, but it's DISH Network (who signed an exclusivity deal with the complex), and it was enacted in 2005, 7 years after I moved and installed my dish.

    So, I'm wondering if I still can keep my dish. The way I read the rules seems to indicate that yes, I can. Am I wrong or do I have a legitimate defense against them?
     
  2. Apr 27, 2011 #2 of 1128
    jdspencer

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    Show them the OTARD fact sheet again. The regional manager needs to know the facts.
    You have the right to use whatever service you want.

    Linked here for any others that may also need it.
    http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html

    I think this is the pertinent section.
    Good luck.
     
  3. Apr 27, 2011 #3 of 1128
    sigma1914

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    The Dish exclusivity deal should only keep from DirecTV setting up a MDU deal there...I think.

    Go get em, LV!
     
  4. Apr 27, 2011 #4 of 1128
    MysteryMan

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    Unless OTARD was amended you should be covered unless you signed a new agreement the complex.
     
  5. Apr 27, 2011 #5 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Doesn't look like it was amended. I sent them the OTARD rules. So far, the regional manager's initial response has been, "We have an agreement with a satellite provider. If you wish to continue to receive satellite service, you must do so through them and remove your current dish. You have 48 hours to comply."

    THEY CAN PRY MY SATELLITE DISH FROM MY
    COLD.
    DEAD.
    HANDS!
    :flaiming:flaiming:flaiming
     
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  6. Apr 27, 2011 #6 of 1128
    hilmar2k

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    I think your landlord underestimates the vigor in which you will tell them to go pound sand.
     
  7. Apr 27, 2011 #7 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Oh yeah!

    If they want a fight, they've got one!

    :new_cussi:new_cussi:new_cussi

    :flaiming :flaiming :flaiming :flaiming :flaiming :flaiming :flaiming
     
  8. Apr 27, 2011 #8 of 1128
    tonyd79

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    Just wait until LV uses that grip the throat thingee. Just send him the video.

    Good luck. Another out of control authority figure.
     
  9. Apr 27, 2011 #9 of 1128
    RobertE

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    I suggest you get the SBCAs team on it as well http://www.sbca.com/otard/default.asp

    They know the rules inside and out. I have a feeling the regional manager will take things seriously when they inform him they will be filing a federal suit on your behalf.

    Now, you probably already know, this will most likely result in them not renewing your lease when the time is due.
     
  10. Apr 27, 2011 #10 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    If they do that, I will follow through on my other threat--informing ALL 440 units in my complex that they CAN install their own satellite dishes if it's DirecTV. The landlords don't want anyone to install a dish solely because of their exclusivity agreement with DISH Network.

    I did this to two other new tenants simply because I overheard arguments when they signed lease agreements. I waited until they left the office, approached them, and provided them with the OTARD rules. They're now DirecTV customers. :)
     
  11. Apr 27, 2011 #11 of 1128
    Flugelman

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    Did'ja get the $100 referral bonus?:)
     
  12. Apr 27, 2011 #12 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Yup


    :D
     
  13. Apr 27, 2011 #13 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    [youtube]LYbwbYx82_I[/youtube]
     
  14. Apr 27, 2011 #14 of 1128
    cabletech

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    Load Vader If you are told that you have to move or sign a new lease agrement, just tell them, (AND FOLLOW UP,) that you are also filing a complant with you local attorny general on fair housing and the fcc. You have the right to have the service of your choice as long as the dish from the sat service you wish is either not central provided or is in the 'fully controled' area of your apartment. NOW having said that, IF the dish was on a tripod or pole any where in the 'common' grounds area (even a flour bed your control) THEN they can have you remove it. Wish you the best
     
  15. Apr 27, 2011 #15 of 1128
    trh

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    The SBCA link provided by RobertE is a great resource. You can also file a petition with the FCC. I had to do that with our HOA and within one week, the HOA had a letter from the FCC telling them that they were wrong. Get it all in writing if you can.

    You'd think these management companies would train their personnel better; especially a company large enough that they have a regional manager.
     
  16. Apr 27, 2011 #16 of 1128
    Kevin F

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    +1.

    The referral program is a great thing. Now watch cable steal it someday and call it new and intuitive! Hahha
     
  17. Apr 27, 2011 #17 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Marquette Management is a pretty large company with properties in several states. They're headquartered near here, too, BTW.
     
  18. Apr 27, 2011 #18 of 1128
    joe diamond

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    This could be fun,

    With a toner, a little cable, maybe a power inserter I can see a Directv dish next to the DISH rig. Some things are more exclusive that others. If management wants the Directv rig off the deck...how about them paying to get you service from a central Directv dish.

    Also, the district manager is a worm. He personally should have contacted you. That he used an office wonk speaks to his level of guts. Try grinding him.

    Joe
     
  19. Apr 27, 2011 #19 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    "He" is a "she."

    She didn't get someone to do her work; rather, it was more coincidental that the very moment I walked in (unannounced and unexpected) to discuss an impending renovation, the leasing manager literally just hung up the phone with her regional manager.
     
  20. Apr 28, 2011 #20 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Just for schits and giggles I went ahead and filed a complaint on that site. Can't wait to see what happens.
     

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