4 T-Mobile Cell Tower Lease Tips

By Nick G. Foster
May 25, 2014

Your T-Mobile Cell Tower Lease | Recent Activity

The 4th largest US carrier has been extremely active in recent years. In 2011 AT&T failed to acquire T-Mobile and T-Mobile received a $6 billion dollar fee from AT&T. In 2012 T-Mobile sold rights to over 7,000 cell towers to Crown Castle for $2.4 billion. Receiving over $8 billion in cash in recent years, T-Mobile has been on a frenzy. Constructing new cell towers and upgrading existing towers across the country. The buzz of activity presents an opportunity for you! Below we share with you 4 lease tips with your T-Mobile cell tower lease

1. Upgrades Present You An Economic Opportunity

T-Mobile has been contacting thousands of property owners across the nation with requests to upgrade cell towers and cell sites. Often the request comes in the form requesting “consent” or stating T-Mobile is making “like-for-like antenna swaps”. Don’t be fooled. By asking you to sign consent they are asking for permission to upgrade for free. Also those new antennas they want to install are nothing like the existing antennas. Have T-Mobile’s plans reviewed by a cell tower lease expert such as Airwave Advisors to ensure you aren’t leaving money and missing your economic opportunity!
[blockquote cite=”Sam H., President, Cal-Sorrento”]Nick was able to more than double the monthly rent we had previously negotiated for a cell tower on our property…plus a significant signing bonus! There are several aspects to these deals that only someone with a detailed understanding of the market can explain. [/blockquote]

2. Site Audits Find Free Money

We have successfully collected tens of thousands of dollars in back-rent paid to landlords like you. How did we do it? We perform an audit of T-Mobile’s lease and site configuration. We often find T-Mobile has installed equipment on your property without your approval. We bring the breach to T-Mobile’s attention and increase the rent accordingly. Do you know what T-Mobile has installed on your cell site? Have your cell site audited by Airwave Advisors today!

3. Be Aware Of Crown Castle Lease Extensions

Crown Castle has been requesting lease extensions on the majority of T-Mobile cell towers. Crown Castle has been so active that we recently wrote an article, “3 Tips With Your Crown Castle Cell Tower Lease“. While a lease extension with Crown Castle sounds like a good idea it is important to remember, lease terms lock YOU the landlord in for additional time, not Crown. Typically T-Mobile or Crown Castle has an out in the lease agreement where they can terminate in 30 days notice. Be wary of any lease extension offer and have their offer reviewed by Airwave Advisors today.

4. Consider Selling Your Cell Tower Lease

While AT&T and Verizon  are credit worthy leases here to stay, T-Mobile’s future is uncertain. According to analysts, T-Mobile and Sprint must merge or one will fail. It must make good business sense  to sell your cell tower lease. Right now T-Mobile’s future is uncertain and if you could use an extra $100,000 – $500,000, now may be a good time to sell your cell tower lease. It is a big decision that should not be made without consultation from a cell tower lease expert. Contact us today and we can discuss this opportunity to see if it makes sense for you.

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11 Comments

  1. Mikael on September 14, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Hello I have some property in Acton CA that I want to rent out to cell companies! I just dont know if the emails i send will ever get a response ! Is there a better way to find or tell cellphone companies that i want to lease property for cell tower ?

  2. Fermo Bianchi on August 26, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Have an old tmobile option and lease that never materialized because zoning did not allow but still appears on property title. I want to sell property and need a way to remove the lease from title

    • Nick G. Foster on August 26, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Hi Fermo,

      This is a common problem with allowing cell tower tenants to record a memorandum of lease on title. Your only option is to contact T-Mobile directly through the notice provision in your lease and request that they remove the MOL from title.

      Good luck,

      Nick G. Foster

  3. bradley on November 9, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    How or can I purchase a property from T mobile that has a tower on it.

    • Nick Foster on November 15, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Hi Bradley,

      T-Mobile is not in the business of owning property underneath their cell towers. You can however purchase land that has a T-Mobile cell tower on it. I hope this helps.

      All the best,

      Nick G. Foster

  4. William E William on June 15, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Looking for a cell tower to be built on my property have access to electric an frontier. Have approximately 80 acres plenty enough room for cell tower

    • Nick Foster on June 15, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Hi William,

      Please check out our article, “Cell Tower Locations” to learn more about how to get a cell tower.

      All the best,

      Nick G. Foster

  5. Dorothy Brown on July 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    T-Mobile wants to place a tower in the yard and wants to pay $750.

    • Nick Foster on July 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Hi Dorothy,

      Congratulations on receiving an offer from T-Mobile! Please give us a call at (888) 443-5101 to discuss in more detail.

      Nick G. Foster

  6. thebrokerlist on June 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Nick,
    We would love to see this posted at theBrokerList as well! Great information for many of our members. Thanks for being a part of our site too!
    Linda

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About Nick G. Foster

Since founding Airwave Advisors® in 2014, Mr. Foster has added value to over 400 clients ranging from the State of Nevada, City of Beverly Hills, to Habitat For Humanity. Mr. Foster focuses on cell tower lease renewals, buyouts, new lease negotiation, and cell site lease management. Prior to starting Airwave Advisors® Mr. Foster founded and led the Cell Site Services Group within nationwide commercial real estate services leader Cassidy Turley (now known as Cushman & Wakefield).