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

Rooftop mounted solar system in Maryland.

Maryland Real Property Code §2–119 prevents homeowners associations in Maryland from denying homeowners the right to install solar systems. HOAs also cannot 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 in order to ensure adequate sunlight reaches their system.

These laws do not apply in historic districts.

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