Can a HOA deny a renter if the homeowner has approved of the tenants?

Asked over 2 years ago - Cape Coral, FL

We are trying to lease a home in the same community we were living in. Our home was forclose and the HOA is stating we were evited not only from our home but from the community. They stated that out lease application will be denied are they legally allowed to do that. The owner of the home has accepted our lease and would like us to rent their home.

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  1. Marshall C Deason Jr.


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . The answer to your question depends on the declaration of covenants and restrictions for your subdivision, the rules and regulations of the HOA, and the document sent you by the HOA. You should have all of these reviewed by an experienced real estate lawyer in your area. Your lawyer will be able to advise you of your rights.

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  2. Barbara Billiot Stage


    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . If you live in a condo, it is most likely the rent restrictions are part of the declarations. If you live in a single-family home or townhouse and the association is governed under the Homeowners' Association Act, Chapter 720, then the only way they can enforce the rent restrictions is if they were included in the original declarations or possibly if the amendment to the declarations adding rent restrictions was passed before your landlord bought the property. Some courts rule differently on these matters and there is no statute governing the rent restrictions in HOAs. It's strictly by the declarations and if there is a valid covenant that was passed properly by a vote of the membership or it was contained in the original Decs.

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