What I did was read the FCC regulations, and then made sure I had a copy handy that supported what I was doing.
Then if you like, look up the landlord/renter laws for your state.
I did this, and reassured myself I was in the right, and I then installed it myself. On the day of installation, a maintenance person told me I was not allowed to install the dish. I said "thank you, but I believe federal law is on my side." I then proceeded to install the dish.
About a few weeks later, I received a sharply worded letter asking me to remove my dish. It continued to say that the building's lawyers had reviewed their rights, and that I could be evicted, and held responsible for the full term of my lease.
I sent them back a sharply worded response, that included highlighted copies of the FCC regulations. I also sent them a letter highlighting my renter's rights. I threatened them right back and I never heard back from them again. The true satisfaction came as I saw dishes spring up all over the complex.
I now currently own, and find that even HOA's will try to have equally inept laws about satellite dish placement. The key is, read the laws, make sure you understand the interpretation. The FCC has numbers you can call I believe as well to file complaints, and to get verification.
Most landlords ignore the laws because they think you will be too scared to take them on. So if you feel the law is on your side, then just do what you want to do. Here are some key points from the law:
The rule prohibits most restrictions that: (1) unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use; (2) unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use; or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal.
Effective January 22, 1999, the Commission amended the rule so that it also applies to rental property where the renter has an exclusive use area, such as a balcony or patio.
Q: What types of restrictions are prohibited?
A: The rule prohibits restrictions that impair a person's ability to install, maintain, or use an antenna covered by the rule. The rule applies to state or local laws or regulations, including zoning, land-use or building regulations, private covenants, homeowners' association rules, condominium or cooperative association restrictions, lease restrictions, or similar restrictions on property within the exclusive use or control of the antenna user where the user has an ownership or leasehold interest in the property. A restriction impairs if it: (1) unreasonably delays or prevents use of; (2) unreasonably increases the cost of; or (3) precludes a person from receiving or transmitting an acceptable quality signal from an antenna covered under the rule. The rule does not prohibit legitimate safety restrictions or restrictions designed to preserve designated or eligible historic or prehistoric properties, provided the restriction is no more burdensome than necessary to accomplish the safety or preservation purpose.