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This is the problem with HOAs, they are often very arbitrary in their decisions. When a board takes actions on a matter that are not governed by their bylaws and they prevent an owner from doing something not prohibited by the bylaws, the owner's next recourse legally would be to file suit in court for a declaratory judgment
to invalidate the board decision as being "outside the scope of their powers and bylaws and also being arbitrary and capricious."
The declaratory judgment action would be your next action if the board refuses to allow this and claims to have voted it down by the board, since the board cannot vote to disallow something that is not prohibited in the bylaws.
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