After appearing on the A&E show “Tiny House Nation,” Rebecah and Ben Richards say they learned that their new Nashville home was not registered in their name.
They said they were evicted.
Their builder reportedly took the house off the property where the couple had been living with their two young daughters and skipped town.
The couple has since created a GoFundMe page to raise money to hire a lawyer.
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A Southern Californian couple says that a builder stole their tiny home shortly after they appeared on the A&E show “Tiny House Nation.”
Rebecah and Ben Richards decided to move with their two young daughters east to Nashville, Tennessee, so that Ben could pursue his music career. The whole family appeared on “Tiny House Nation” in May, and Rebecca and Ben thought they had secured the minimalistic and affordable housing of their dreams.
Instead, the family says they have been hoodwinked.
Ben and Rebecah told KABC they agreed to work with builder Mike Bedsole, who convinced them to film the “Tiny House Nation” episode. The couple said the show then offered to pay for the trailer on which the new tiny house would sit.
But the family said Bedsole insisted that they pay him for a trailer from his own supplier. Meanwhile, they said they were struggling to secure a loan for their new tiny home because it was larger than an RV. Ben and Rebecah said they had applied for a loan through Bedsole’s lender, but it had not been paid out yet when filming was set to start on the show.
“We said this to the TV show and they said, ‘Sorry, we can’t do your episode,'” Richards told KABC.
But Ben said Bedsole called the couple soon after to inform them that he had made arrangements with the show to make sure the episode went on as planned.
“He said as long as we paid for the trailer in full, that he would commit to doing the TV show and guarantee to have the home completed by filming,” he added.
So Ben and Rebecah said they paid Bedsole $11,500 for the trailer. Bank receipts and emails obtained by the news outlet appear to show that Bedsole’s company, Tiny House Chattanoga, received the payments.
The Richards said they received more than $47,000 in building materials for participating in the “Tiny House Nation” episode. …read more
Source:: Business Insider