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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Changes in Texas POA Legislation - Solar Panels

The 82nd Texas Legislature made many changes to the laws affecting property owners’ associations (“POAs” or “Associations”). One such change relates to an individual owner's right to install solar panels on their home in Texas.

Pursuant to Texas Property Code Section 202.010, Property Owners Associations cannot prohibit or restrict an owner from installing a solar energy device onto their property. If such provisions are included within an Association’s bylaws, then those provisions will be considered legally void. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. In those instances, an Association can restrict or prohibit an owner from installing solar panels onto their property if it threatens the public health or safety, violates a law, is not properly installed onto the roof, or it was installed without prior approval from the Association or an affiliated committee.

Posted by Austin Attorney Chloe Love