“Neighborhood Cell Towers & Antennas—Do They Impact a Property’s
The National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy’s survey initiated June 2, 2014, has now been completed by 1,000
respondents as of June 28, 2014.
The survey, which circulated online
through email and social networking sites, in both the U.S. and abroad,
sought to determine if nearby cell towers and antennas, or wireless
antennas placed on top of or on the side of a building, would impact a
home buyer’s or renter’s interest in a real estate property.
The overwhelming majority of respondents (94%) reported that cell
towers and antennas in a neighborhood or on a building would impact
interest in a property and the price they would be willing to pay for
it. And 79% said under no circumstances would they ever purchase or rent
a property within a few blocks of a cell tower or antenna.
- 94% said a cell tower or group of antennas on top of, or attached to, an apartment building would negatively impact interest in the apartment building or the price they would be willing to pay for it.
- 95% said they would opt to buy or rent a property that had zero antennas on the building over a comparable property that had several antennas on the building.
- 88% said that under
no circumstances would they ever purchase or rent a property with a
cell tower or group of antennas on top of, or attached to, the apartment
- 89% said they were generally concerned about the increasing number of cell towers and antennas in their residential neighborhood.
That EMF and RF Emissions Have Reduced Property Values
recent years, legal claims over damage to property value because of EMF and RF
emissions have met with some success.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits usually
allege that the value of their property has been reduced because of its
proximity to devices that emit RF or EMF.
The theory behind this argument is
that, since the general public believes that exposure to RF or EMF emissions is
dangerous, the property is less valuable regardless of whether or not fears
over the dangers are founded.
For example, the selling price of a house located
near an RF or EMF transmission line may be much lower than prices of similar
properties located farther away, simply because families are afraid of
potential negative health effects that could result from living in a house that
is so close to the transmission line.