Unless there is something unusual in the CC&Rs or HOA Rules, as a renter, you are entitled to use of the HOA common area to the same extent as the owner from whom you rent the unit. If there is some limitation on use by renters of the common area, your landlord should have disclosed that to you. I would ask your landlord about this. If the HOA documents do not treat renters differently, the landlord should demand the HOA allow you use of the common area. If the HOA documents purport to limit the rights of renters' use of common area, the documents should be examined to see if the restriction is illegal or unreasonable. If the HOA documents do properly limit tenants' use of the common area, you should discuss a rent adjustment with your landlord. If the restrction on you use of common area is improper, and the HOA fails to respond to a demand that it allow you full use of the common area, youcan jse to HOA fto obtain an injunction requireing that it so so. YOu should be able to recover your attorneys fees inthat process. Before suing , ou and your landlord must tender a Demand for Resuluton under the Davis Stirling Act, seeking to resolve the disute before an action is filed.