Can HOA Prohibit the Re-Painting of the Home in Original Color?

Question: We have lived in our Chandler home for twelve years. We recently received a letter from our HOA Board of Directors stating that the homes in our community can only be painted certain colors, primarily darker colors. We are now prohibited from re-painting our home its original color. Should this action by our HOA Board of Directors have required the approval of the homeowners?

Answer: You should review your CC&Rs, architectural guidelines, and other governing documents for your community, and also contact your HOA Board of Directors to request the specific language in these documents which authorizes the change of paint color. In general, however, a vote of the homeowners is not required to change architectural standards such as paint color.

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