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Havenpark 

 water contamination and fraud

If you or a loved one suffered financial or emotional damages from contaminated water, fraud, negligence, or trespass at the hands of Havenpark Community, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Dark Water

Havenpark Community's Deep Pockets and Greed Turns a Profit at the Expense of Hard-Working Montanans

AVA Law Group has filed a lawsuit against Utah-based investment firm Havenpark Communities.
It's been more than two years since residents of Meadowlark Community first noticed the discoloration in their drinking and bathing water. Earlier that same year, in 2020, Utah-based Havenpark Communities purchased Meadowlark Community, introducing rental lot price increases and extra fees.
While Havenpark claimed the aggressive price surges would go to maintaining and updating the park, the company has done little to address the ongoing water problems.
Two years later, the water remains contaminated, discolored and unsuitable for human consumption, bathing, cooking, or cleaning. The Billings, Montana, mobile home park residents continue to experience ongoing water problems, negligence, and fraud at the hands of Havenpark Communities.

Dark Water

Havenpark Community's Deep Pockets and Greed Turns a Profit at the Expense of Hard-Working Montanans

AVA Law Group has filed a lawsuit against Utah-based investment firm Havenpark Communities.
It's been more than two years since residents of Meadowlark Community first noticed the discoloration in their drinking and bathing water. Earlier that same year, in 2020, Utah-based Havenpark Communities purchased Meadowlark Community, introducing rental lot price increases and extra fees.
While Havenpark claimed the aggressive price surges would go to maintaining and updating the park, the company has done little to address the ongoing water problems.
Two years later, the water remains contaminated, discolored and unsuitable for human consumption, bathing, cooking, or cleaning. The Billings, Montana, mobile home park residents continue to experience ongoing water problems, negligence, and fraud at the hands of Havenpark Communities.

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THIS CASE WAS PROFILED BY Q2 NEWS

Q2 News (KTVQ)
BILLINGS MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS FILE SUIT AGAINST MEADOWLARK OWNERS
A lawsuit was filed in Yellowstone County District Court on Tuesday related to the water quality and an allegation by residents that management cut off trailer tongues attached to the mobile homes.
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MEADOWLARK COMMUNITY

Water Contamination

Meadowlark Community's water source comes from a well, and according to reporting by the Billings Gazette, most of the water problems stem from outdated pipes and a damaged filtration system. 1
While the park has experienced problems with water since the early 2000s, since Havenpark took charge of Meadowlark Community in 2020, it is the company's responsibility to ensure residents and homeowners within the park have suitable drinking water.
Things turned for the worst in November 2020 when Meadowlark residents turned on their faucets to find discolored water. Although the residents alerted Havenpark about the problems, by mid-2021, the Utah-based company failed to deal with the situation.
Today, tenants continue living with discolored water loaded with sediments. Water contamination affects every aspect of their lives, and it's the little things most people take for granted that residents of Meadowlark Community miss.
It's been two years since they've been able to take regular showers because the toxic water blisters their skin.
Over the last two years, the cost added up too. Meadowlark Community residents have spent two years buying drinking water in bulk. They've paid weekly visits to the laundromat, and many have had to purchase new water heaters and other appliances damaged by the contaminated water.
For people on a fixed income, it's been an impossible burden.
While Meadowlark Community residents continue to endure unacceptable living conditions, Havenpark continues to put profit over people and has raised lot rents and fees multiple times since 2020 with plans to increase them again in early 2023.

MEADOWLARK COMMUNITY

Water Contamination

Meadowlark Community's water source comes from a well, and according to reporting by the Billings Gazette, most of the water problems stem from outdated pipes and a damaged filtration system. 1
While the park has experienced problems with water since the early 2000s, since Havenpark took charge of Meadowlark Community in 2020, it is the company's responsibility to ensure residents and homeowners within the park have suitable drinking water.
Things turned for the worst in November 2020 when Meadowlark residents turned on their faucets to find discolored water. Although the residents alerted Havenpark about the problems, by mid-2021, the Utah-based company failed to deal with the situation.
Today, tenants continue living with discolored water loaded with sediments. Water contamination affects every aspect of their lives, and it's the little things most people take for granted that residents of Meadowlark Community miss.
It's been two years since they've been able to take regular showers because the toxic water blisters their skin.
Over the last two years, the cost added up too. Meadowlark Community residents have spent two years buying drinking water in bulk. They've paid weekly visits to the laundromat, and many have had to purchase new water heaters and other appliances damaged by the contaminated water.
For people on a fixed income, it's been an impossible burden.
While Meadowlark Community residents continue to endure unacceptable living conditions, Havenpark continues to put profit over people and has raised lot rents and fees multiple times since 2020 with plans to increase them again in early 2023.

FRAUD, NEGLIGENCE, and

HAVENPARK'S Shady Practices

A poorly maintained well and contaminated water is only a small piece of a much larger story concerning Havenpark's shady and illegal practices. Since the firm's takeover of Meadowlark, Havenpark has committed fraud, misrepresentation, and trespassing.
From late 2021 to mid-2022, Havenpark knowingly lied to potential mobile home buyers about the community's water problems, stating that the dark water was from a broken water line. Havenpark assured buyers that the situation was temporary while failing to disclose the duration or enormity of the problem.
At least two families purchased mobile homes in Meadowlark Communities under the pretense that the dark water was a minor inconvenience and that Havenpark was working to fix the issue.
However, as of November 2022, the water system still needs to be repaired, and residents of Meadowlark Communities have accrued actual damages because of the ongoing emotional and physical cost of Havenpark's lies.
In addition to fraud and negligence, Havenpark engaged in illegal trespassing and property damage.
Soon after Havenpark's takeover, the company demanded all Meadowlark residents cover their mobile tongues. While they informed residents of the new rule in mid to late 2020, Havenpark did not allow enough time for residents and homeowners enough time to make the necessary improvements. 
By November 2020, Havenpark illegally cut off 139 mobile home tongues without homeowners' permission. Some mobile homeowners affected by the property damage had lived in Meadowlark Community for less than 30 days when Havenpark cut off their mobile tongues.
Not only has Havenpark damaged Meadowlark homeowner's property, but it's also made their home immobile. Without the mobile home tongues, manufactured houses are almost impossible to move—a fact of which Havenpark Community is well aware.
According to the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism reporting, the authors revealed that Havenpark's business strategy in 2017 boasted how the company "[creates] value through aggressive optimization programs and lean property management systems...Tenant turnover is also minimal since it is difficult and very expensive ($6,000-8,000+) for tenants to move their homes. As a result, operating cash flow is among the highest of any real estate class." 2
While Havenpark claims to safeguard affordable housing in America, its actions show a company that is aware of the vulnerability of the people it serves and aims to take advantage to make a profit.

HAVENPARK COMMUNITIES

and the Dark History of Big Money and the Destruction of Affordable Housing

Unfortunately, Meadowlark is just one mobile park community in a long line of acquisitions and price gouging at the hands of Havenpark Communities. According to Howard Center for Investigative Journalism reporting, the Utah-based investment firm points to a disturbing trend since 2008: purchasing and destroying affordable housing across America.
In the middle of the Great Recession, investment companies across America took advantage of a tragedy that affected millions of lower and middle-class Americans by purchasing foreclosed homes.
Yet, until recently, mobile homes were still considered the last frontier of affordable housing in America. The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism reports that mobile homes house over 22 million Americans. 2
The mass manufacturing of mobile homes makes them cheaper than traditional houses, which makes them appealing options for young or low-income families and older Americans on a fixed income.
Mobile home communities also allow many disadvantaged populations to become homeowners. 
The Howard Center for Investigative estimates that one-third of tenants living in mobile homes own the property but pay rent on the lot where the home is parked. However, many mobile homeowners don't have the same rights as people who own traditional houses or, in some cases, even renters. 2
Despite mobile homes housing some of the most vulnerable populations across America, investment companies like Havenpark saw the opportunity for profit, expanding their real estate ambitions into the mobile community market.
In fact, CNS Homeless's Nicolle Schorchit, Darryl Kinsey Jr., and Patrick Britt point out that 2008's financial crisis proved so good for investment firms that "Wall Street money is now flowing into every segment of the housing market, including mobile home parks and other forms of affordable housing." 2
While Havenpark's website claims its mission is to protect affordable housing, since the company acquired Meadowlark Communities, residents have seen increased rent, extra utility fees, and unreasonable property maintenance that many residents can't afford.

WHEN IS A LAWSUIT

Right for You?

Multimillion-dollar companies like Havenpark must be held accountable. While they line their pockets full of cash, hard-working Montanans suffer.
Consulting with an experienced attorney is essential when considering a lawsuit against any pharmaceutical company. Based on the specific details of your case, a knowledgeable lawyer can help you make critical decisions about where to file your lawsuit, who to pursue, if your case meets the time requirements for filing a suit, etc.
At AVA Law Group, we provide access to top-notch, experienced attorneys from across the U.S. with proven track records of success.
In addition to our high-quality legal staff, we value your story. Our legal team will work to ensure the courts hear your voice.
While we understand that a lawsuit will not reverse the damage caused to you and your family, financial restitution will go a long way to give you access to the care you need to start healing.
You deserve justice for the trauma you endured, and we promise to fight aggressively to protect your rights.
If you or a loved one suffered financial or emotional damages from contaminated water, fraud, negligence, or trespass at the hands of Havenpark Community, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Talk to an AVA legal expert today and take your first step toward healing.
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