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What’s The Dish on Dish?

F.T. from Fairfield County writes:

I am a huge sports fan and an admitted addict to watching soccer matches. For years, I have been able to enjoy fantastic sports programming from all over the world using satellite TV. I just moved into my new condo and was prevented from having my satellite dish installed because it’s not allowed here. My satellite TV contract isn’t up for another 6 months so I am paying for it even though I can’t use it. How can I make the association allow me to install my satellite dish antenna?

Mister Condo replies:

F.T., I can’t imagine your frustration. Let’s see if we can’t find a TV-style happy ending for you…

First off, if you haven’t already done so, review your condo’s documents so that you have a clear understanding of what is and what isn’t allowed with regards to antennas or anything else that might attach to your building exterior. Also, contact your satellite TV provider. Chances are you are not their first customer to have this problem. Finally, contact your property manager to explain your situation. Again, you are likely not the first resident who has had this issue.

As you can imagine, attaching an object to any common element of a condominium is generally not allowed. The reason is that the association is responsible for the maintenance of the building exterior and is required to keep general architectural compliance. In the past, many satellite antennas were large and considered unsightly so they were routinely banned at condos. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued certain rules that your condo must comply with. Provided they have complied with the rules, you will have to rely on the solutions provided by your property manager or your satellite service provider. I am sure you’ll be rooting for your favorite teams again before long. I’ll be rooting for you!

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