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Old 07-22-2009, 09:29 PM
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I'm surprised to learn that so many of the condos at the beach won't let you install satellite tv. Anyone have any ideas for properties that have/ permit satellite tv? Anyone have ideas about getting through the bureaucracy --- homeowners ass'n/ developer prohibitions and DirectTv crappy customer service?
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:29 AM
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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There are FCC restrictions against condo and HOA association rules prohibiting the installation of antennae and dishes. FCC Fact Sheet on Placement of Antennas

Q: What types of restrictions are prohibited?
A: The rule prohibits restrictions that impair a person's ability to install, maintain, or use an antenna covered by the rule. The rule applies to state or local laws or regulations, including zoning, land-use or building regulations, private covenants, homeowners' association rules, condominium or cooperative association restrictions, lease restrictions, or similar restrictions on property within the exclusive use or control of the antenna user where the user has an ownership or leasehold interest in the property. A restriction impairs if it: (1) unreasonably delays or prevents use of; (2) unreasonably increases the cost of; or (3) precludes a person from receiving or transmitting an acceptable quality signal from an antenna covered under the rule. The rule does not prohibit legitimate safety restrictions or restrictions designed to preserve designated or eligible historic or prehistoric properties, provided the restriction is no more burdensome than necessary to accomplish the safety or preservation purpose.
Q: What types of restrictions unreasonably delay or prevent viewers from using an antenna? Can an antenna user be required to obtain prior approval before installing his antenna?
A: A local restriction that prohibits all antennas would prevent viewers from receiving signals, and is prohibited by the Commission's rule. Procedural requirements can also unreasonably delay installation, maintenance or use of an antenna covered by this rule. For example, local regulations that require a person to obtain a permit or approval prior to installation create unreasonable delay and are generally prohibited. Permits or prior approval necessary to serve a legitimate safety or historic preservation purpose may be permissible. Although a simple notification process might be permissible, such a process cannot be used as a prior approval requirement and may not delay or increase the cost of installation. The burden is on the association to show that a notification process does not violate our rule.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:05 AM
Location: sowf jawja
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Originally Posted by EricBoyd View Post
There are FCC restrictions against condo and HOA association rules prohibiting the installation of antennae and dishes.
They can still prohibit you from attaching it to the structure.

In that case your only option is to mount it in a bucket of concrete on your balcony or a standard non-penetrating mount.

You may want to look for a unit w/ an MDU system installed from your provider of choice.
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:19 PM
Location: NE Florida
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Southgeorgia is right. A condo can prohibit a dish from being attached to the building if it poses a safety concern. I've seen condos that allow them, but some won't if it damages the "envelope" of the building.

I've tried to get Direct TV to come to a condo where I work so that we can designate where dishes can go throughout the property. That way, when a resident wants one, there won't be a delay in the approval process and the resident will be assured of good reception, but have been unsuccessful. I've called Direct TV and have spoken to three subcontractors, but can't get anyone to come out.
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