Building Systems Councils Advocacy Chairman John Colucci of Westchester Modular Homes says that confusing “prefabricated” and “systems-built” can often lead to unintended consequences. “Many times, in an effort to exclude manufactured homes — or mobile homes — from subdivisions, land developers and real estate lawyers will rely on boilerplate text that bans all ‘prefabricated’ homes. While these restrictive covenants will exclude mobile homes from a community, they also unintentionally bar modular, panelized, concrete and log homes.”
Systems-built construction applies to roughly 30% of all new housing being produced, and as it continues to gain in popularity across the country, using “prefabricated” and “systems-built” interchangeably can create problems for developers, builders and home buyers.
“Once covenants that prohibit a certain type of housing are drafted and accepted, they are very difficult to overturn,” noted Colucci.
The NAHB Building Systems Councils represents the builders, suppliers and producers of modular, panelized, log and concrete homes.
For more information about systems-built housing and how to draft covenants that include these types of homes, contact NAHB’s Building Systems Councils at 800-368-5242 x8576.