My question involves personal property located in the State of: Texas
Background: We hired independent contractor for exterior house repairs and painting. He abandoned the project halfway through after being prepaid for the majority of the project. We've hired a reputable company to do the job and took quite a hit financially.
Situation: We've accepted our loss, but his equipment and tools are still taking up much-needed space. We've already asked him to retrieve it, but he's unresponsive. It's been 8 or 9 months for a job that was supposed to last for a week.
Question: What are the legal repercussions of getting rid of his property, and how should I proceed without getting into trouble myself?