Condo Owner Seeks to Install Solar Panels on Association-Owned Roof

D.E. from Maryland writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I live in a condo in Talbot County, Maryland I made a request for possible installation of Solar Panel on our rear roof which has the best sun. I told them we were having several Solar companies looking at the project and would keep them informed. The next thing I get is a letter from their Attorney stating they own the roof and denied my request. Is there any law that would support me and we would certainly insure our side, etc.. Your knowledge will be appreciated!

Mister Condo replies:

D.E., as you know I am not an attorney nor am I an expert in Maryland community association law. That being said, I am not aware of any law that would allow you as a condo unit owner to install solar panels (or anything else for that matter) on the association-owned roof. Have you asked the Board if the association as a whole would be interested in install solar panels? It is possible that the association could actually make some money on solar panels (after an initial investment) that would benefit all unit owners. However, as an individual owner, it is highly unlikely that you as an individual unit owner can install your own solar panels. All the best!

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