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From: Sergey Golovin


Hi everyone,

Just quick one, can't remember if we covered that one or not.
Tenants have moved in and want TV badly, well, almost dying... The TV socket is there, cable is there, but TV antenna was not installed (new place), other people in the block did/install it them selves simply because some of’m wanted cable, etc.
Who is responsible for the TV antenna -
Vendor (in case if it is freshly build),
Landlord,
Tenant, or
The Body Corporate (in case of units)?

Mr Antenna quote was about $335= $280 antenna + $55 to fit it (basic package starts at $75, but official explanation was – to far from main relay station, need more powerful antenna…).

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Serge.
 
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From: Frank Modrich


Most units depending upon age are wired with a MATV Master Aerial TV

If its not there as a tenant I would expect the land lord to provide its tax deductible

Keep the tenant happy its a small price
 
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From: Michael Yardney


Most new apartment buildings are wired for TV and cable and have a central TV antenna.
Individual dwellings like townhouses and units are usually cabled for TV antenas but sometimes the builders don't supply the antennas to save a few dollars.
If it was not in the list of inclusions when you bought the property, then you are not obliged to, but it would make sense for you, as the landlord, to supply it at your cost. It's a few hundred dollars and items below $300 can be depreciated / written off in the first year.
Michael Yardney
Metropole Properties
 
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From: Sergey Golovin


Thanks Michael,

I guess I have to check with Strata Committee to find out what did they do in their case.

Serge.
 
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From: Manny B


Serge,

as Michael states, it would be worth paying to get it installed (I installed antenas for my new units I recently built, as the builder just supplies sockets & the cable on the roof)...

I did also get quotes from Mr Antena & the price was close to yours, but went through the local paper & got 2 antenas (1 per unit) for $220 fully installed (good reception as well), which was cheaper than my original quote... (worth shopping around a little) and as it is under $300 it can be claimed on tax at tax time without depreciating...

Cheers,

Manny.
 
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From: Glenn M


Manny,


I believe that the Tax rules may have changed in regards to the "under $300" 100% write-off in one year. I thought that under the new reuls, items under $1,000 must be 'pooled' with other like assets and depreciated rather than written off. I'm sure that Dale can clarify this.

GlennM.
 
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From: Simon St John


Definitely worth supplying to keep tenants happy BUT agree with others who suggest getting local paper quotes.

I had the pleasure of attending a sales conference with Mr Antenna who explained (foolishly, I thought!) That NO ONE pays his special as the standard line is "too far away from the relay station....." etc.etc. to get people to upgrade!

Question whether you can get a handyman to but the antenna and do the job, rather than a 'specialist'? Others may feel this is not good advice?
 
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From: Sergey Golovin


Thanks everyone for your replies.

One of the reasons I'm wondering about "credibility" of Mr Antenna's explanation is, my friend works for telecommunication industry and he mentioned earlier that those big antennas you can buy them your self from Dick Smith Electronics and they do cost around about $260 (I've seen them my self on the display), but he also said that they designed to reach up 200 km away from relay station. So if let say I'm in Sydney, theoretically I can pick up signal coming out of Newcastle or close to it. But according to them station is only 10 km max away.

Serge.
 
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