Homeowners associations and solar access in Florida
Homeowners associations (HOA) typically define a neighborhood’s aesthetic rules and sometimes attempt to restrict your ability to go solar. Florida laws protect homeowners’ rights to generate solar energy.
Homeowners associations in Florida
Florida Statute 163.04 forbids any binding agreement (between HOAs or otherwise) to prohibit a property owner from installing solar. An HOA may restrict where you place your solar panels, but not if the system’s performance suffers as a result. House Bill 697 expanded upon this legislation to allow condominium boards to install solar on their properties to benefit unit owners without their prior approval. It also allows the unit owners to install solar within their own condos.
Florida Statute 704.07 allows for the negotiation of solar easements to guarantee that a property owner’s solar panels get enough exposure to the sun.
Having trouble with your HOA? Post to the listserv and get advice from fellow solar owners in the state.
Florida Solar Rights: Developed by the Florida Solar Energy Research & Education Foundation, this flier outlines your solar rights with regards to HOAs.