Dealing With Governmental Or Private Property Installations As A Business Landowner

cell towerNot all of us have complete and total control over the land we seemingly own. It might be that a pipeline runs under our business property, or a cell phone tower is in installed on our land. For some unlucky folks, it might be that the government plans to build a railway or some other infrastructure over our property, and no matter how hard we fight we might find ourselves forced with no other option but to take the sale and adjust.

When government property is on your land, there are some legal and important steps you should take to ensure everything runs smoothly. Some are attitude adjustments, some are maintenance requirements, and some are for those who hope to make a difference. We’d recommend considering the following steps to help you manage this space.

Compensation

The first thing to do is accept that this will be something you have to manage. Often, there are benefits to allowing this development to happen. The government is obligated to pay you rent for the usage of your land, or to purchase it from you outright pending a solid valuation. This means that you are able to benefit from this, as usually only a small tract of land will be used. However, it’s worth also considering the cost of the installation on your usual business practices. This might be just the ticket you are looking for if needing a little extra income, as rent can often be quite generous, and to a degree, you can set the terms.

However, it might be that a cell phone tower is less desirable than a simple pipeline exchange, so you might want to consider that in the process, and think about how it might impact your firm. Some installations are more difficult to negotiate than others, and it might take some time before you come to an arrangement.

Be sure to find the most appropriate cell tower lawyer to help you achieve specialist legal help. They will blend property rights, letting terms and also knowledge of government practices to help you achieve the result you might want. This could be quite a promising new development with plenty of benefits if the contract is negotiated right, so it’s best to begin communicating as soon as possible.

Protection

When coming to the arrangement with the government, it is very likely that you’ll need to offer some form of your own service. This means protecting the installation to a degree or at least protecting the privacy of your land ownership. It will mean observing the station or the fencing and ensuring no damages take place, and if they do that you contact the managing authority at the earliest notice. The business or government authority might ask you to prove your competence in managing your security around this area, and ask to audit your security practices in exchange for drawing up the final rental sum agreement.

Also, consider how this lot might impact your employees. They deserve protection too. It might be a cell phone tower is disputed in your office for health reasons, or that you must invest in safer means of navigating your business property. Also, ensuring this workload has little impact on your working output is essential.

It will also likely be the case that you have no access to this specific and boredered rented land. You are unlikely to be given a set of keys to the fence, or anything in that respect. However, you may be required, either formally or informally, to protect your surrounding area to ensure no trespassers can come and impede the lot. This might be less possible or more possible, so be sure to take the given context of the situation and only agree to responsibilities that you can gladly carry out, and if you have to scale up your security operation ensure that’s reflected in the income. Thankfully, past protecting your land you will not need to contribute much to the upkeep of the installation.

Maintenance

Maintenance is the sole responsibility of the managing authority. However, you may need to maintain around the lot. This might mean allowing for access at all times, so offering keys or other access materials to help a staff member enter the property can be essentially important. It might mean clearing a path on the way there, which could be important in a rural area. It could mean trimming the bushes or other forms of surroundings near the lot, so the lock can be accessed and workmen can freely move in and out. To further this example, if on farmland, you could get in trouble for housing aggressive farm animals around the lot, as this impedes access to a degree. Consider the most appropriate solution and follow it, because even if only 10% worth, the maintenance of this plot of land is somewhat your responsibility too. Also consider alternative security solutions to ensure that only vetted and accepted individuals can enter your property to manage this area, as of course your business land will need to be accessed to some degree, and an element of trust goes into that.

Disputes

Disputes can be tricky, and it depends on who you interface with. Sometimes, the government has the right to impede on your land depending on the necessity of the situation. While mobile phone carriers have to a large extent exited the tower industry in the US, cell phone towers operated by private firms can often sway you with a monetary allowance. However, often this is not good enough. If you desire to dispute this decision, you can try to impede the public utility siting process. As a business, you likely have more legal potential to defend against this kind of encroachment, and the moment you decide that’s the best option it could pay to get vocal about it. PR means plenty when it comes to business, and if your lot seems less attractive or could cost them customer relations, they might leave well enough alone.

A lot of work goes into finding an appropriate place, and more than one appropriate site is often found. Disputing should be easy in the case of a private company, because you are never obligated to house the tower. A great lawyer can help you fight this with ease, or you can register a complaint with the local property authority if you feel you’re being strongarmed.

However, it might be wise to consider the benefits and risks of accepting this decision. If a carrier decides to install over the crest of your boundaries and on some other owned land with success, a minimal distance indifference could mean you lose out on rental agreements. This might mitigate the tendency for your property asset value to diminish thanks to the tower. However, if you’re willing to stop this, you usually can if being approached by a private firm.

Contact

Communication is a two-way street. You must contact the managing department in response to any changes, any suspicious activity, or any need for repairs. You must also inform them of your own affairs, such as if you attempt to purchase new land surrounding the tower, if you plan to move the business, extend your operational capacity, or if you need to renegotiate your rental terms after the provisional contract has lapsed.

The managing authority should also contact you in the event that they need to make repairs, that they need more land, that there are any issues with the installation or if the maintenance surrounding the lot is not taking care for adequately. They should also give you an estimate of the work that needs doing and any provisions you should make. With that in mind, you should find it easier than expected to communicate surrounding this situation.

With these simple tips, dealing with governmental or private property installations as a business landowner should be a little more manageable.

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