Which might explain how the problem happened in the first place. Once you deviate from the rules it is hard to draw the line later. I also question if the OP was fairly compensated. Sure, he has what he needs but didn't he purchase everything out of pocket with the intent to eventually take it when he moved? If so, what happens to the neighbor when he moves? Does the equipment belong to the OP? IMHO the new equipment should have been provided free of charge AND the OP compensated for his investment in the equipment that was removed, not to mention a little extra for his trouble.