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Homeowner challenges HOA over solar panels

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Condo, Townhome & HOA Disputes |

Solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into usable electricity. They have been gaining popularity in recent years as homeowners seek ways to reduce their utility bills, as well as their carbon footprints. A Florida homeowner is reportedly feeling frustrated, however, regarding solar panel installation on a roof. The Homeowners Association where the individual lives says installing solar panels will eliminate the roof’s warranty.

The HOA also stated that solar panel installation is not permitted in this instance because the roof in question is attached to other townhouse rooftops. The homeowner does not believe this to be a deciding factor since the panels will not infringe on other homeowners’ energy choices. The homeowner cited a Florida statute that protects the right to install solar panels. However, HOA representatives said the statute does not apply in this case due to the roof’s attachment to other rooftops in the townhome community.

How to resolve HOA disputes

An HOA is required to hold a meeting at least once a year. Some meet more often. The first logical step to resolve a dispute is to attend the meeting, state the complaint and request a solution to the problem. If this is unsuccessful, additional strategies may be necessary.

An HOA dispute can sometimes be settled out of court when a homeowner enlists support from a real estate law attorney. Such an attorney can draft a formal letter to the HOA, requesting a solution on behalf of a homeowner. If HOA representatives refuse to negotiate, litigation may be necessary.


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