Please tell me if I am! DP totally thinks I am and is horrified!
I haven't done it yet BUT I HAVE put an advert in the local free ads in the paper.
Basically we had a new roof put on at the end of last summer. That's Summer 2007. We paid for the job. The scaffold is STILL UP - at the front and back of the house. All year we've asked for it to come down. I can't do the gardening as won't plant anything in anticipation of blokes trampling over the new flowers!
We've asked and texted on the matter repeatedly. I'm sick of it. My view is if they don't want it someone else can.
Do it! I texted our builder to say he needed to coe and pick up the crap he'd left in our garden (scaffolding, equipment etc) or I was putting it in the skip at the end of our road the next day. He collected it the next morning.
IIRR There are laws to do with abandoned property.
I would write to them recorded (keeping a copy) Stating when the scaffold must be collected 14days or similar. Let them know if it isn't collected ater this time you will deem it as your property and dispose of it as you see fit.
Had a similar problem again with scaffolding, I imagine it's due to the slowdown and a lack of storage space.
dh suggested that as we were now provding storage we would start charging at x amount per day ( I never got as far as prposing this ) But would def send recorded letter saying you will dispose of it in 14 days. Do you have evidence of when you first asked for it to be removed (before they try and saddle you with a bill for the entire length of time) or was it a fixed fee?
My DH who is a Surveyor says never pay in full or they will use you place as a builders yard. Always keep a little bit back and only pay up when everything has been taken away, cleared up and made good.