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We gave a key to a contract laborer, and he has brought

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equiment to our shop and...
We gave a key to a contract laborer, and he has brought equiment to our shop and does his work at our shop. We have no rental agreement with him.We pay by the piece he repairs.
He is now angry with us.
We'd also like him to get his stuff while we are on-site and can verify that he's only taking his equiment. He won't want to give us back the key as he won't want to meet that request. It would cost alot to rekey the building. Is there a proper way to demand the key immediately? How much notice do we need to give him to remove his equipment?
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As the key is your property you are entitled to its return upon demand. The law affords someone in this contractor's position a "reasonable" amount of time to return the key before it is considered "conversion," which can be prosecuted as a crime and also civilly pursued for damages (the cost of re-keying the building would be your damage). Therefore, the best course of action would be to immediately request the return of your key in a letter sent via certified mail. The letter should also provide the contractor with 2-3 possible times that they can come and pick up their property along with a warning that the property will be considered abandoned if it is not retrieved within a reasonable period of time (i.e. 3 weeks). The letter can also threaten that you will contact the police if the key is not returned within a specified number of days (i.e. 5 business days). Most people do not want to risk criminal prosecution and other legal problems over something like this, so the letter will likely accomplish your goals here.

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