We have recently experienced an increase in the number of clients contacting us regarding mobile mast sites on their land. You may recently have received a letter from the mast operator or their land agent advising, amongst other things, that they wish to terminate their current lease, that the rent is to be reduced, or that the lease is to be amended to allow for a third-party operator to use the site.

It is important that such letters are carefully considered in the light of the existing agreements. It may well be that the lease itself does not allow for termination before the expiry of the stated term, or that such unilateral reduction in the rent is prohibited. In the case of site-sharing, it is vital that the landlord is adequately and properly compensated.

Too often we see operators abusing their position and dictating terms to the landlord – a practice which should be robustly dealt with.