You would be asking for an exception for something that all other residents have agreed to abide by. Think about all of the other buyers that had to pass on similar opportunities because they took exception to the rules.
Fair is fair....
The association will have a record of your purchase, so they will know immediately whether or not you have owned the unit long enough to be able to rent it to a tenant.
You may want to consult an attorney for a definitive answer, but from what you have related, this unit does not sound like it will work for you.
Johnson and Johnson Team Realty
I have found most people in the HOA offices to be pleasant and eager to provide accurate information when they are approached about it courteously. Explain the situation and ask for help. Or, at the least, ask your broker to approach the HOA about this and have the answer put in writing (pen or email).
My specialty in real estate is gated and country club communities in the Boca Raton area. I'm giving you advice I would give my clients, my family and my friends. Don't take a risk of being stuck when it's this simple to get an answer you can rely on. It will only add stress to moving, finding a job and balancing your accounts. No need!
Good luck ... I hope it works out for you.
# 917-709-4957 Kathleen
They can not and SHOULD NOT compromise on these restrictions. The board could very easily compromise the values in the community and be violating their duties as an HOA.
I would treat that as a Red Flag;
Many HOAs are restrictive to the point of being oppressive and dictatorial. If you are truly interested in that HOA, I would really suggest visiting there and talking to the residents to learn what it is really like to live there.