Manufactured Housing Institute Member Havenpark Capital Fuels Outrage, Fear – plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones2.27.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotLegislation is not easy to pass. Thousands of bills proposed every year at the state and federal level and few get passed, which makes that point clear. The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is aware of that reality, as are there savvier members.

Tonight’s report will feature an update on Havenpark Capital, which is one of several firms that happen to be MHI members that are sparking calls for legislative or other legal responses. On a day when coronavirus fears plus concerns about the surge of Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-I self-described Democratic Socialist) continues to worry investors who are selling off, Havenpark and MHI will be our featured focus tonight.

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Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

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As of September 25, 2019, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) website lists Havenpark Management as one of their member companies. Why does that matter? Because MHI issued a so-called ‘Code of Ethical Conduct’ with some fanfare a few months before that established certain mandates for their members to adhere to – and failure to do so could, they said – result in expulsion from membership.

Three specific bullets that Havenpark arguably has violated from the MHI/National Communities Council NCC) code of ethical conduct include the following:

  • Members agree to engage in conduct and actions that promote and enhance the public image of manufactured housing and land lease manufactured housing communities.
  • Members agree to promote positive customer and resident relations as an essential responsibility.
  • Members agree to engage in conduct that respects the interests of customers, residents, vendors, and the general public regarding the manufactured housing industry and manufactured housing community lifestyle.

The 1 page MHI/NCC document linked here goes onto say that:

  • Members agree to be bound by this NCC Code of Ethics, as well as the MHI Bylaws, as a condition of membership.
  • If it is determined that a Member is not acting in accordance to this NCC Code of Ethics, a Member may be expelled from NCC and MHI membership…

Generating negative media coverage is apparently a specific tactic that several MHI members have engaged in, as the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and other reports have documented.




On February 19, 2020 KCCI in Des Moines interviewed lawmakers and residents that spoke of their fear and frustration. The bill in Iowa that they were hoping to enact increasing resident protections died in committee after that date. What that means is that this issue will likely continue to make news there.

I live in fear now my house will be taken away I lived there 15 years,” said a Havenpark community resident Laura Lage. Reporter Cynthia Fodor said she and others “are now prisoners in their own homes.”

Carrie Presley pled with lawmakers recently, “These corporate entities are coming after us like a virus and we don’t have time for a cure you guys are it, so help us.”

Fodor noted that “The Manufactured Homeowners protection legislation came about after a out of state company, Havenpark Capital, bought a number of communities in Iowa including Midwest Country Estates in Waukee [IA]. It planned to raise the rent 69%.”

Representative Kenan Judge said, “To have an investor come in and upend their way of life and be unfair to them disconcerting, so I’ll continue to fight against that.”

In Fargo, North Dakota, Valley News reported on February 26, 2020 problems with Havenpark Capital too. Videos from earlier reports by other media outlets make the pattern of MHI member Havenpark clearer.



Countryside Estates resident Scott Lanning said of Havenpark that “They’re really hurting me, it’s more of a push out that they’re doing. They’re trying to push us all out.” He added that “I can’t afford to live in any apartment anymore. They’re pretty much putting me out into the street.” That last statement ties into an affordability issue that leads to homelessness that is per a new White House research document that is among the linked related reports, further below.



Resident Juan Hernandez said he could handle the stiff hikes – one that Havenpark is known for from media reports in several states after they acquire a property. He said there is fear of backlash from management for speaking out.



MHI, their outside attorney, and Havenpark have previously declined comment on issues related to these concerns. Havenpark has said to lawmakers that have contacted them that they are preserving these properties which might close if they didn’t buy them; that is part of how they defended aggressively hike their site fee rates.



Beyond the obvious stress this causes residents, it also increases the harm to the industry’s image, as MHI’s so-called code of conduct obliquely acknowledges. See the related reports below for more.

Related Reports:

“Scorched Earth” Reply-Lesli Gooch, Tim Williams, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Claims


Congresswoman Rips Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, Havenpark for “Troubling,” “Predatory,” “Deceptive” Practices, Calls for Federal Investigations

“People are Afraid to Speak Out” – Extortion by Fear, Hobbs Act – Residents, Manufactured Housing Institute Members, Association Controversies

$500 Million Axne-Khanna Plan, Manufactured Housing Legislation Introduced, But Manufactured Housing Institute Fails to Tell Members?

Manufactured Home Community-Connected Professional Sounds Alarm, Impact Communities, Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, and Looming Rent Control

Housing Affordability Challenges, Presidential Economic Report and Manufactured Home Opportunities

Attorney General Tom Miller Slams “Predatory” Manufactured Home Community Operators, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

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