Can home modifications be denied based on HOA harmony rules?

Editor’s note: Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC respond to questions about Florida community association law. The firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, civil litigation, estate planning and commercial transactions.

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Q: I am on the Architectural Review Committee of our homeowners association, and we just received a few applications for additions to homes. I assume this is because people are spending more time at home due to COVID-19 and want more space. If the additions are approved and constructed, these select homes would look very different from the rest of the community. Can we deny these applications on this basis?


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— L.C., Treasure Coast

A: The answer is maybe, but ultimately the question can only be answered by reviewing your governing documents and

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