Thanks for the reply Frank,
The billboard in question is in the City limits of Melissa Texas and is granfathered in. If the lease is up and the land owner does not want to renew and the land owner ask them to remove the sign and they do, then a new sign cannot be installed.
So really the land owners only option is to renew the lease with the current billboard operater/owner and take whatever pay he can get or ask them to remove the board.
If I call the billboard operater/owner and ask if I can take over they are going to say: burn in hell
Should I explian the situation to the land owner and move on? Maybe looking at the lease would be a better idea. Maybe the land owner owns the billboards and he is letting the current billboard operater/owner lease them.
***This is another edit: I was just re-reading Bruce’s post and he is suggesting to talk with the owner to find out if there is a lease. If not, find out of the owner has been paid for the sign being there. If neither are the case, make an offer on the sign to the property owner.
I will e-mail the landowner now with the questions and update you with the results.