Television reception who is responsible?

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8:17 AM, 4th April 2016
About 3 years ago

Television reception who is responsible?

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Television reception who is responsible?

I have a property down on the South coast which is currently tenanted. Just lately my tenants have started complaining that the television reception is poor. We have called in a television/Ariel specialist who informs us that the signal is weak in this area so advises that we either put up an extended Ariel with a booster (neighbours might not be to pleased ) or supply a satellite dish with a free view box attached. Television reception who is responsible

My main question is should I as a landlord be footing the bill for this or is it down to the tenants if they wish to see television?

I personally think that if they could not get a signal on their mobile phone they wouldn’t expect me to erect a phone mast for them down the road so why is this any different?

I know this may seem petty to some people but where is the onus on the landlords going to stop?

Thanks

Paul



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Mike T

12:12 PM, 4th April 2016
About 3 years ago

Hi Paul,
How long have your tenants been living there ? and how long do you want them to remain ? Whatever your answers my suggestions are to get it sorted out as soon as possible. It surely won't be that much cost wise but will keep a good tenant in your property. You don;t need anyone to tell you that a few pounds spent now will perhaps save you having a void period when they get so fed up with the TV reception. Don't delay, sort it today. Good luck. Mike.

Deborah Clare

19:02 PM, 4th April 2016
About 3 years ago

I agree with Mike. I had a similar issue with new tenants once. There was only a satellite dish and no aerial. This was probably because it was a bad signal area and the person I bought the house from had the dish put up for this reason. I hadn't given it much thought until the tenants complained a week after moving in. They didn't have a receiver box, so couldn't use the dish. I thought that really they should provide the box as if your TV isn't freeview enabled you would buy a freeview box and not expect the landlord to provide one. However, for the sake of less than £50 for a secondhand one, I bought one for them to keep them happy. On this occasion it didn't really matter because they only stayed for 6 months anyway and weren't the best tenants. But who knows, they may have turned out to be fantastic but could have moved out over this 'dispute' had I not made a bit of an effort.

Ian Ringrose

19:02 PM, 4th April 2016
About 3 years ago

Freesat dish?


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