Hi. I guess I made a somewhat thoughtless (if not illegal) decision to install DishNetwork without consulting my landlord. My understanding was that tenants are permitted to install satellite dishes and other aerial equipment as long as the dish is smaller than one meter in diameter (which it is) and I guess I just assumed it was my business. Now, my landlord wants to "talk" about it. I'd just like to be as prepared as possible before I have this conversation, so that I handle it in a way that complies with the law and preserves our relationship while hopefully minimizing any additional cost to myself.
I've Googled the issue a bit and discovered that, while I was right that the LL cannot prohibit me from using a dish, he can prohibit me from drilling holes in the walls in order to install it. Unfortunately, there were two holes drilled as part of the installation (through one exterior and one interior wall, each the width of a coaxial cable).
So my question is, now that the hole-drilling damage has already been done, can the LL require me to remove the dish ('twould be a big bummer, as I am obligated to pay for 18 months of service)? Am I simply liable for the cost of repairing the two holes in the wall when I move out? Is it possible for the LL to inflate the eventual repair costs in any way and what should I do to protect myself now?
I'm hoping it's the kind of thing where I can just apologize for not consulting him first, promise to repair the damage upon moving out, and let that be the end of it. Any advice or insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
d'oh -- forgot to mention that I'm in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, if that matters.