How shopping for a tiny residence become a nightmare for this Aussie couple: ‘It makes me really feel sick’

A retired couple have misplaced tens of hundreds of {dollars} in an alleged tiny properties rip-off which left about 170 collectors owed an estimated $6million.

Valerie Shannon and Garth Woodcock paid virtually $55,000 to My Tiny House Package, which was owned by Spencer Porter, in late 2022, anticipating the construction to reach by April 2023.

However by final August, simply a part of the body and roof had been delivered, and the couple, who stay in Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast, feared they might by no means get the $43,000 they mentioned they had been owed again.

‘It makes me really feel sick as a result of I simply need my tiny residence,’ Ms Shannon advised ABC’s 7.30 present. 

‘If I do not get my tiny residence, I would like my a reimbursement.’

Valerie Shannon (proper) and Garth Woodcock (left) are among the many folks out of pocket by tens of thousand of {dollars} for a house they paid for, however which was by no means constructed

The retired couple paid almost $55,000 to My Tiny Home Kit, which was owned by Spencer Porter (pictured), in late 2022, expecting the home structure to arrive by April 2023

The retired couple paid virtually $55,000 to My Tiny House Package, which was owned by Spencer Porter (pictured), in late 2022, anticipating the house construction to reach by April 2023

Mr Porter based My Tiny House Package in 2022 after beforehand proudly owning failed app companies. 

Launching the corporate in a blaze of publicity, he mentioned tiny properties had change into extraordinarily in style and everybody wished one.

‘So, we have now determined we need to change the world one step at a time.’ 

The businessman additionally mentioned he wished to unfold ‘consciousness on the devastating excessive poverty that’s going down proper now, proper on our doorsteps and the world over’.

Mr Porter promised that for ‘each single tiny residence we promote, we’re constructing a tiny residence in a rustic in want, to permit those that do not have a roof over their head to have a house as a result of everybody deserves to have a spot to name residence.’

He later revised that right down to a promise to sponsor kids by means of World Imaginative and prescient as an alternative.

‘By sponsoring a toddler for each tiny residence package order, we are actually making a constant, constructive affect on the lives of kids in want,’ the My Tiny House Package web site learn.

Melbourne lady Lyndy U’Ren and her brother spent about $28,000 on a tiny residence for his or her household’s rural vacation block in 2022.

As a most cancers survivor, she was impressed by a 2019 information story about Mr Porter saying he would donate the proceeds of a self-published e-book based mostly on his late mom’s voice recordings to The Peter MacCallum Most cancers Basis.

The house Ms U’ren and her brother paid for was purported to arrive inside three months, however as with Ms Shannon and Mr Woodcock, she solely ever bought a partial body.

Ms U’Ren has tracked down about 90 prospects and suppliers who allege they’re owed cash or had been let down by My Tiny House Package and Mr Porter. 

‘Despite the fact that there are some those that have had their a reimbursement, the continuing affect that it is had on these folks has been fairly important,’ she advised ABC’s Emily Baker.

A My Tiny Home Kit promotional photo is pictured. The company has gone into liquidation

A My Tiny House Package promotional photograph is pictured. The corporate has gone into liquidation

Ms Shannon mentioned the expertise has affected her well being.

‘I get up considering of Spencer Porter, I fall asleep considering of Spencer Porter,’ she mentioned. 

‘I’ve needed to go to the physician to get remedy to assist me sleep … He is been ripping us off and there are not any penalties.’

Western Sydney father-of-five David Urquhart additionally wished to construct a tiny residence, for his daughter, paying out $32,000.

Two weeks after he made his ultimate instalment, My Tiny House Package went into liquidation. 

‘It is virtually past imagining, shedding that a lot cash for nothing,’ Mr Urquhart mentioned.

Mr Porter reportedly stopped sponsoring kids by means of World Imaginative and prescient final November, and the Peter MacCallum Basis mentioned it has by no means had any donations from him.

Every day Mail Australia contacted Mr Porter for remark, however he didn’t reply. He has beforehand rejected claims that My Tiny House Package is a rip-off.

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