A “covenant” is an agreement or promise by one to another. Originally derived from the Bible, it is one of the oldest historical terms of legal validity known to exist whereupon it reflects a one-sided promise that is irrespective of what others may do. The CC&Rs, technically, Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions, is a homeowner’s promise to live by certain standards for the benefit of the neighborhood.
Some have argued over the seeming unfairness that some were granted the right, through a variance, to violate certain restrictions and because of that have stipulated that they too are rightfully deserving of a variance How a neighbor may or may not abide by the Covenants doesn’t change our responsibility to comply, however.
That we may take exception with one or many of the restrictions contained in the governing documents does not change the fact that we, by signing the document at the time of purchase, agreed to uphold our responsibility to abide by them, which include any and all amendments.