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I am sorry to hear about this situation. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times. I understand that hearing things less than optimal is not easy, and I empathize. Thanks in advance for not "shooting the messenger."
Yes, you are a private citizen - this is true. However, what is happening is that the HOA is acting as your agent
in this matter. See here
. The HAO derives its power as agent from the covenants, declarations, and/or bylaws, which likely give it that express agency power to negotiate cable connection.
If this is so, then there is really no way to opt out unless the covenants, declarations, or bylaws allow it
So what can one do now?
1) Ask for a copy of covenants, declarations, or bylaws;
2) Read them through carefully;
3) If there is a clause that allows one to opt out of the HOA's decision somehow, then one would need to exercise it, which normally means sending a letter.
If you need help/directions asking the HOA for covenants, declarations, and bylaws, let me know.
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