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Three weeks ago I had the fascias on my house painted. As I live in a three storey house this necessitated the use of a very large set of ladders. When he finished the work, the painter asked if he could leave his ladders at my house until Friday. I agreed. On Friday he did some remedial work and asked if he could leave the ladders until Monday when he would have his large van. I reluctantly agreed out of pragmatism – there was little he could do if I’d said no. Three weeks later, the ladders are still here and he won’t return my calls . I’m of the opinion that he is intending to leave them here until the next time he needs them, in effect forcing me to allow the use of my house as industrial storage but it could be that he’s gone out of business or dead or anything else. Ideally I’d like him to come and collect the ladders but there is no pressure or incentive for him to do so. Nevertheless I want them removed and have considered: 1) Getting the council to come and take the ladders for recycling (I know this is probably illegal) 2) Giving him a deadline then, if he doesn’t collect them, charging him for storage. 3) Giving him a deadline then, if he doesn’t collect them, selling them and give him the proceeds I don’t know if any of these ideas are lawful but there must surely be something I can do to get the ladders removed. Any suggestions?