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Can my homeowner’s association force me to remove solar panels from my roof?

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Depends. If the restrictive covenants for your development contain express prohibitions for solar panels then most likely they can. If there is not express reference to solar panels, but provisions governing what can be put on the exterior of the home then it may be less clear cut, but the HOA likely wins. Look for words like Architectural Control Committee in your restrictions to see what is covered. If the covenants do not allow you to have solar panels then you should abide by the covenants as you either knew or should have known that they, along with other things, were prohibited we you purchased in the development. The HOA can take you to court and obtain an injunction to force the removal of violations.

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