Before I bought a home, I would ask for a copy of the HOA Covenants and Restrictions to see just how restrictive they are. Some HOA's provide a real service for the money they collect each year. For example if you have a private community pool part of your HOA fees go towards maintenance and upkeep of the pool and possibly paying for a lifeguard. I have seen HOA's that maintain the common landscaping and parks in neighborhoods. The HOA in The Austonian condo pays for your water and trash service as well as 24 hour conceierge and a slew of other luxury features. Simply do your research before you close on the new home. Please let me know if I can be of further service to you.
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I am not sure if Mohit Jain is familiar with an American Home Owners Association as they are outside the USA. HOA's can control all sorts of things. I have seen some so restrictive they give exact times to have your trash cans put out and then put back in garage on trash day or exactly how short your grass must be cut, or what kind/color of flowers you may plant, what color you may paint your house, etc. You always want to know what your getting into before you buy a home.
Florida Law Governs Rules or Covenants Prohibiting Solar Collectors or other Renewable Resource Energy Devices.
Many community leaders may not be aware of Section 163.04, Florida Statutes which prohibits enforcement of restrictions precluding homeowners from obtaining energy from renewable resources.
Florida's legislators made sure this law applied to Condominium and Homeowners' Associations with amendments shortly after the Taylor v. The Ridge at the Bluffs HOA case.
Owners of condominium units are specifically permitted to install solar collectors or energy devices, so long as the installation is wholly within the boundaries of the unit and does not involve patio or balcony railings. The Statute says, in relevant part:
A deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar binding agreement may not prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by the deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or binding agreement. A property owner may not be denied permission to install solar collectors or other energy devices by any entity granted the power or right in any deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar binding agreement to approve, forbid, control, or direct alteration of property with respect to residential dwellings and within the boundaries of a condominium unit. Such entity may determine the specific location where solar collectors may be installed on the roof within an orientation to the south or within 45Â° east or west of due south if such determination does not impair the effective operation of the solar collectors.
Every HOA has a different set of rules, so there is now way to know for sure; it's completely dependent on which neighborhood you are interested in. Also, most solar panels do not reduce the home value or the neighbors' home values. They are always a benefit to have; but if your neighbor just had them installed, do not worry about it effecting our home value one way or another.
If you have any more specific questions, feel free to email me your neighborhood (or neighborhood of interest) and I will look into the individual case!
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I have information on several neighborhood HOA's and Neighborhood Restrictions: Shady Hollow, Bauerle Ranch, Sendera, Barton Hills, Bouldin, Travis Heights, Covered Bridge, Circle C, Lake Pointe, Lakeway, Hyde Park, Northwest Hills, Great Hills and Alta Vista. Please note that some neighborhoods that don't have HOA's may have building restrictions or guidelines. Just because a neighborhood does not have an HOA does not mean they can't control what you build or add onto the house.
While I have not seen any studies done by the Austin Board of Realtors on how solar panels may impact the neighborhood values, I have had several buyers that have asked to see homes with solar panels.
1801 S. MOPAC, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746
Some HOA's have restrictions about the type of roof you may have, composition/metal/slate/tile. Some HOA's go as far as restricting the installation of solar panels. I sincerely hope that this changes, now that people begin to see the real value that solar panels produce. If there is a particular neighborhood your concerned about let me know. I may have the HOA information in my files. I try to save this information for this exact type of question!
Betina Foreman Realtor
1801 S. MOPAC, #100
Austin, TX 78746