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Did you have a written agreement for the job?
You have a couple of options. First, you can file a mechanic's lien on the property to force payment.
Your second option is to sue in small claims court. Small claims court is designed to be user friendly so that you can present a claim without an attorney. Also, it moves much more quickly than regular court.
No, this is a civil matter, not a criminal one. Your choices are to lien the building or sue in small claims court.
If the homeowner allows you, though, you can remove the parts. Otherwise, you can not force your way in to repossess the equipment.
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