Resident Faces Surprise HOA Charge After Requesting Home Upgrade
One homeowner faced an unexpected hurdle when attempting to install solar panels on their home: a surprise installation fee imposed by their HOA.
Seeking guidance, the perplexed homeowner turned to Reddit's r/HOA community, stating, "My husband and I are considering adding solar to our unit...We submitted an ARC request to the HOA...and this is the response I got back."
The homeowner then cited a purported message from the HOA, outlining the requirement for a signed agreement drafted by an attorney and a pre-installation payment of $700 to the HOA.
Expressing bewilderment, the homeowner questioned the legitimacy of the demand, pondering, "Is this normal?...It just feels...shady."
Furthermore, they noted a neighbor within the same HOA who installed solar without encountering such upfront fees, speculating that the involvement of the solar company might be a differentiating factor.
While HOAs often prohibit solar panel installations, causing financial strain and reliance on polluting energy sources, the original poster found solace in residing in California, where robust legal protections exist for homeowners pursuing solar initiatives.
Nevertheless, navigating HOA requirements in California can still pose challenges. One Reddit user remarked, "It's not unusual, but...if they're asking for $700 per application — that's where I think it's steep."
Despite the hurdles, homeowners in California can advocate for change within their HOAs to facilitate solar installations on their properties.
Source: The Cool Down