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The Telecommunications Act of 1996, A Federal law, provides that property owners must permit tenants to install satellite dishes inside apartments and outside apartments "wherever they rent space outside of a building, such as balcony railings, patios, yards, gardens  or any other similar area." Most non-regulated and regulated residential leases contain a provision which makes it a breach of the lease to install unauthorized fixtures in the apartment. Under the 1996 Act, the installation of a satellite dish  in the apartment and any outside space included in the lease, is not a breach of the lease.  Owners of rent regulated apartments may not charge for the installation of a satellite dish without being subject to a rent overcharge.