What Are HOA Covenants? 
Homeowners associations serve a specific function — to govern and regulate the community with the ultimate goal of protecting or improving property values. One way HOAs do this is through creating and enforcing covenants.
Covenants are legal documents that define the guidelines homeowners must adhere to in the neighborhood. They outline the rights and obligations of homeowners to the association and vice versa. In essence, these are the rules of your community.