Mobile phone mast lease expired and I want to terminate?

Mobile phone mast lease expired and I want to terminate?

10:23 AM, 13th June 2023, About 9 months ago 13

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Hello everyone, A company put a mobile phone mast on the flat roof of my property which has been there for a number of years. However, this has caused the roof to leak and now the company is trying to use new legislation, treating the mobile phone mast as a utility, to dramatically reduce the amount that they will pay me – only £50 per year compared to £6,000 previously.

On a number of occasions, I have also witnessed some workers from the company coming to my property, without any advance notice or permission from myself, to try to work on the mobile phone mast. I have also discovered that this company has created a new company to share the mobile phone mast with other network providers, like a sub-let.

My lease with the company has now expired, and I want to terminate the contract. I have contacted a few solicitors but no one has past experience or knowledge to help with this.

Does anyone know how I go about this and if there are any specialist solicitors?

Many Thanks

Arica


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Ian Narbeth

11:38 AM, 13th June 2023, About 9 months ago

Hi Arica
Please contact me by PM.

However, the advice you are likely to receive is that you cannot terminate and the rental will be a lot less. The telecoms companies have successfully lobbied for a change in the law to The Digital Economy Act known as the
Electronic Communications Code or "The Code". Unless you are redeveloping the site, you almost certainly cannot get rid of them.

You may be able to take action and claim damages/costs of repair if you can show that they have caused the leak.

Aric

9:38 AM, 14th June 2023, About 9 months ago

Hi Ian,
Do you have past experience to deal with mobile phone mast? Could you provide me a number?

Kopf Schmerz

10:18 AM, 14th June 2023, About 9 months ago

Ian is right. The Code make telecoms pretty toxic. You may have a break clause for such works.
The income loss aside, the methods the operators will use are often aggressive and set out to damage you in terms of legal costs.

Kopf Schmerz

10:19 AM, 14th June 2023, About 9 months ago

Michael Watson at Concorde solicitors in Leeds is a useful person to speak to.

Ian Narbeth

10:30 AM, 14th June 2023, About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Aric at 14/06/2023 - 09:38
I have sent a PM

Blodwyn

11:05 AM, 14th June 2023, About 9 months ago

1. Read every word of the contract.

2. Harvey Osler of ODT Solicitors is a very sensible and helpful man to ask for advice, not cheap but excellent value.
01273 831574

Darren Peters

11:13 AM, 14th June 2023, About 9 months ago

In no way a recommendation as I haven’t done this but there are companies that will buy or lease the mast and sublease to the provider(s) Eg. apwireless.co.uk

They are better at forcing the provider to behave but whether they are better towards you I don’t know.
It could be like a good rent to rent intermediary that gives you something and deals with all the hassle.

Please update us on what happens

David Smith

20:36 PM, 14th June 2023, About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 13/06/2023 - 11:38
That’s disappointing.
We were considering buying the Freehold so we could remove the Mobile Phone Mask from my flat roof.
It’s a complete eyesor from my balcony.

Aric

9:58 AM, 15th June 2023, About 9 months ago

The mast is sitting on my roof. It shall be treated like advertisement boards on walls at least. Actually APwireless has contacted me in the past. But they are not able to help me terminate the contract. A lot of communication companies know how to help increase rent but not in my case.

And a lot of solicitors do not what's about.

I will keep you update.

Darren Peters

10:03 AM, 15th June 2023, About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Aric at 15/06/2023 - 09:58
Can you elaborate please? You say the Lease has expired but the contract cannot be terminated.

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