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- 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. Once filming wrapped, they approached Bedsole about how much they owed him, but they said he refused to provide them with that information.
“[We] asked him to find out when we deduct all costs that were provided by the TV show, when you look at what you actually built and provided versus what we were quoted on, ‘What is the amount that we owe you?'” Richards said. “And he would never commit to a number.”
Ben said he and Rebecah moved into the home with their daughters, but it had to stay on Bedsole’s property while he finished working on it. He said the family learned months later that Bedsole was being evicted and that they would need to move their home off of the trailer because it didn’t belong to them.
“We spoke with the attorney and he said if you move the tiny house we’ll have you arrested for stealing,” Richards told KABC. “And we said, ‘What are you talking about?’ and he said, ‘You don’t own the title to the house.'”
“It was only later that we found out that he’d actually registered the trailer in his name, not in ours,” he added.
Since the trailer is registered to Bedsole, a judge ordered the family to move out of the house within 10 days. Then, during that same time period, Ben said Bedsole removed the house from the property. The family are still trying to locate their tiny home, and have been forced to move back to California to live with relatives.
The producers of “Tiny House Nation” told the Richards that they had no business getting involved in their conflict with Bedsole, according to the couple.
“They have their big fancy TV show on and everybody is watching it, they are benefiting from us being on the show and now we are out of pocket, all our money and we don’t have our tiny house,” Richards said. “Now we can’t afford a lawyer to even seek to get our house back and seek justice for what has been done.”
The family has since set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to hire a lawyer.
The Richards and A&E Network did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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