Know Your Rights When it Comes to Installing OTA Antennas (including satellite dishes)

Did you know that in most cases you have the legal right to install a TV antenna or a satellite dish of up to 1 meter in diameter on your property (or any size if you live in Alaska), even if you rent or made the dumb mistake of buying property that is covered by a Homeowners Association (seriously, what is wrong with people that would induce them to good money to buy property where there is a HOA?). Cord Cutters News recently published a very comprehensive article on the subject that explains what you can and cannot do, and what to do if you believe your local government, HOA, or landlord is trying to illegally restrict you from putting up a dish or antenna.

Oh, and if you are contemplating purchasing a house, or property on which to build a house, PLEASE do yourself a favor and make absolutely sure it is not covered by a HOA or located in a historic district, either of which could derail your plans to put up a satellite dish, especially a larger one capable of receiving C-Band signals (in fact, if you want to receive C-band it is probably best to check with the local unit of government before you make the purchase, since many municipalities prohibit larger dishes within their boundaries. Then again, if your proposed dish location won’t be visible from the road or by neighbors you might be better off not asking, so as not to alert anyone to the fact that you want to put up a dish, under the theory that it’s easier to beg forgiveness than to get permission). And don’t just take the word of the real estate agent; they just want to make the sale and get their commission, and often aren’t aware of the existence of a HOA.

Link: Know Your Rights When it Comes to Installing OTA Antennas


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