Homeowners associations and solar access in Maryland
Homeowners associations (HOAs) spell out rules for a neighborhood’s aesthetic. Many have tried to prevent homeowners from going solar. Fortunately, Maryland law prevents HOAS from doing so.
Homeowners associations in Maryland
Maryland Real Property Code §2–119 prevents homeowner associations in the State of Maryland from denying homeowners the right to install solar systems. HOAs also may not impose any limitations on homeowners that would significantly increase the cost of a solar system or significantly reduce its efficiency. Property owners also have the right to negotiate easements with their neighbors to ensure adequate sunlight reaches their system.
These laws do not apply in historic districts.
Having trouble with your HOA? Post to the Solar United Neighbors of Maryland listserv and get advice from fellow solar owners.