We recently had water come in our basement, and used our insurance company to get a contractor to come in and clean up/repair. The contractor showed up, ripped out the old carpet and set up a dehumidifier and fans to dry out the concrete. He said he would be back in a couple days to check moisture levels. He never showed up. About 3 weeks goes by, and we finally hear from the insurance adjuster that the quoted amount from the contractor exceeds our $10k coverage. We opted for the buy out. It has been 45 days since we last heard from the contractor, and his dehumidifier and fans are still in my basement. I have tried calling the contractor, but have been unable to get ahold of him. I have left messages, but they are not returned.
So my question is, what do I do with his stuff?? I have moved them into the garage so that the other contractor can come in and install new carpet...but how long do I reasonably have to hang on to this stuff?? It is quite a bit of gear, and is in the way. How long until I can legally assume ownership of the equipment??