Complaint Review: David Papen, Darin Zaruba, EcoCabins, Ecologic Modulars, EcoVentures LLC
David Papen, Darin Zaruba, EcoCabins, Ecologic Modulars, EcoVentures LLC A "tiny house" nightmare. House wasn't complete, and I never received the title. colorado springs, co and neosho, mo CO and MO
After meeting with EcoCabins at a trade show in Denver, I left my number and was called back by their sales manager, Paula Papen. I wanted a tiny house, and had a modest budget of my life savings, but I did need the house by June of 2016. I was told that I could get a new model at cost, because they wanted to use it for initial marketing. I said ok, if it gets done by June. I signed an agreement with EcoCabins in April 2016. Long story shorter, a very stressful 8 month later, in January, it was delivered (close by, there was snow). The amount I paid covered the house completely, and was about 3/4 of the cost to set, skirt, and add a $1500 washer/dryer. What I got was an incomplete house that needed deck railing, insulation, and all appliances except for a microwave. After waiting another 5 months and realizing that nobody was going to show up to complete, skirt, set, etc., I spent another $30k getting it properly finished and set.
I had to get a loan for this, as everything I had went towards the initial purchase. I asked both David Papen and Darin Zaruba if we could resolve. Darin said EcoCabins (his company)had nothing to do with the deal, because David Papen did the deal factory direct. David's Ecologic Modulars did build the house, but David worked for EcoCabins (he was listed on their website), and I was never informed that my deal was not with EcoCabins. David now claimed that he was no longer with EcoCabins, but said my deal was with them...but he was able to transfer the title over from them to his company, so he could give to me. But, I never did receive the title, or the final bill of sale. Just deflection that I got a great deal for that house. I feel like I was deceived for over a year...so many promises. I was even told to rent a hotel as I waited for my house, and that I would be reimbursed. But no reimbursement, and later told by the contruction crew that my house wasn't even started until after that. It's been crazy, and I am just trying to prevent anyone from the stress and financial difficulty that they have caused. I don't even know if either of their companies exist, at least under those names.
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