Churches are frequently approached to lease land for a cell tower, or to lease space in the church steeple for a cellular antenna. This will continue for the foreseeable future, because the expanded capabilities of new cell phones and wireless devices like the iPhone and iPad strain existing wireless networks. So thousands of new towers will be added each year.
While a cell tower lease is a real income opportunity, the commitments are for a very long time and may be complicated. For such a commitment, it is important to retain competent legal counsel from a specialist. Sign nothing, not even an “option” until you have had a conversation with legal counsel. Among the issues that may arise: mortgagee approval, income and terms for escalation of rent, restrictions on building use or changes, impact on building structure, size and visibility
of antennas, insurance, and multiple providers on a single tower.
NEW! Are you interested in joining an online discussion group for church representatives dealing with antennas? This group was re-started in November, 2012, in response to the number of churches being contacted to either renew cellular leases with less than favorable terms or being approached by third parties looking to buy out their contracts.
To join the group, visit: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/macucc-antennas
Following are some resources that may be helpful: