I recently moved out of a building where I had Dish Network supplying my TV. My dish was installed on the roof (the landlord allowed this, and in fact encouraged it).
The apartment complex where I’m living now doesn’t allow satellite dishes at all, and requires all new tenants to sign an agreement to that effect. I didn’t think this was any big deal.
When I called Dish to cancel my service at my old place, the woman who took my call asked me why I was canceling. I explained that my new landlord didn’t allow dish antennas, and she immediately said, “That’s illegal.” She offered to send me a “kit” with all the information I would need to challenge my landlord’s no-dish rule. I wasn’t that crazy about Dish Network to begin with, and I sure didn’t think it was worth starting a fight with my landlord right after moving in, so I told her, “nah, forget it.” She continued to press me on that point for a bit longer, asking “Do you have a balcony? Does it face south?” but finally dropped it.
Later I did a little googling and found that Dish’s representative was, apparently, correct. If your apartment includes a balcony or patio that is exclusively for your use, then you can put a dish out there, according to the FCC.
Have any of you successfully challenged a no-dish rule? I have no plans to pursue this myself, but I’m wondering how this goes. Based on my experience with landlords, I can easily envision passive-aggressive retaliation, like responding slowly (or not at all) to maintenance requests.