Can your HOA stop you from installing rooftop solar in Florida?
As you probably know, a neighborhood HOA is a homeowners association that manages and maintains a community of homes. HOAs typically have rules and regulations in place to ensure that property values remain high and the community remains an enjoyable place to live.
One of the more common questions we get from people considering installing solar is whether or not their HOA can stop them from doing so. The short answer is no, your HOA cannot stop you from installing rooftop solar in Florida. Florida law actually prohibits HOAs from preventing homeowners from installing solar panels, as long as the installation complies with certain code requirements. This means that, in most cases, if you want to install rooftop solar, your HOA will have to allow it.
If your HOA has legitimate concerns about the impact of the solar panels on the appearance of the community or the property values, they may be able to work with you to find an acceptable solution.
Some HOAs have rules that require homeowners to get approval before making any changes to their homes, including installing solar panels. Other HOAs may not have any specific rules about solar panel installation, but they may still require you to get approval from the HOA before proceeding. If your HOA does require you to get approval before installing solar panels, they must review your request in a reasonable timeframe and must provide written notice of their decision. Your solar installer should be able to provide you with all the necessary paperwork. If the HOA denies your request, they must provide a written explanation of the reasons for the denial. Florida law also prohibits HOAs from unreasonably prohibiting or restricting the installation of solar energy systems. This means that an HOA cannot simply deny your request to install solar panels without providing a legitimate reason for doing so.
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