That depends on many more facts and review of the governing documents. Hire an attorney.
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Whether you are bound by the declarations depends upon the language of the declarations or other agreements. The relationship between the HOA and its members is a matter of contract. You will need to read the contract, and most likely have a lawyer assist you in this matter. Good luck!
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Most likely the answer is going to be determined by the deed records coverning your home. In most areas, if covenants are recorded on the county deed records and your purchase after they are recorded, you are bound by the covenants whether you knew they were there or not. Of course you could be in a situation where you are not bound, but you probably need to consult with a local real estate attorney who can review teh records and advise you.
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