Neighbor's yard is full of junk
We live in a quiet, middle class neighborhood. Neighbors will wave hello, but not much else (it's not a "close knit" sort of neighborhood although everyone is pleasant). Almost everyone keeps their home and yard reasonably neat and attractive. We bought our house in late winter last year and apparently the snow covered the junk in the yard of the neighbor behind us!
Our first introduction to "Bob" was when he knocked on our back door, drunk as a skunk with his young child in tow - he spent 45 minutes in our house (we were painting before moving in) and we had a hard time getting them to leave.
All summer long, he and his wife throw parties on weekends that last into the late evening, usually capped by a home fireworks display. They burn leaves/sticks/anything flammable in a large 55 gallon oil drum to provide lighting for these parties. It absolutely reeks when they burn leaves (which is against city ordinance - I have been tempted to call the fire marshal in hopes they'd be caught in the act). They allow their dog to run loose when they're home, including into neighbors' yards. Our dog (a beagle mix) is always leashed or on a tie-out (only when we're outside with her) and I do not appreciate his dog charging onto my property to harass our dog! We do not care that his dog is friendly, we don't want it in our yard without my permission.
They had an above-ground pool when we moved in. Shortly after we moved in, Bob decided to tear out his existing pool and installed a larger one. He matter-of-factly informed us that he didn't have a permit for the pool because it was too close to our property line, and asked us not to call the city's P&Z office on him. He has since constructed an elevated deck around the pool (again, no permit), and in the summer he attaches large halogen work lights to poles in order to provide lighting for evening pool parties.
There is a full-sized RV parked NEXT to his house in violation of city ordinance; all RVs must be parked at the rear of the property. It has not moved in at least 13 months. The windshield has a large blue tarp covering it where he shot it out on a camping trip (don't even ask how we learned this).
The entire yard is littered with pieces of lumber, stacks of wood (he cut down all the 100+ foot tall oaks in his yard last summer), old rusty 55-gallon drums, plastic drums of some kind, bags of yard waste, childrens' toys, a large trampoline, and a 4-wheeler with a metal cart on the back. This is on a quarter-acre lot! Frankly, it's a disgusting eyesore and insulting to all the neighbors who actually put a lot of effort into having nice lawns and yards.
We do not have a fence in our backyard, but are now saving to have one put in - likely next summer. Even once we save up for it, we're limited to 6' in height by city ordinance - that will not be enough. Right now we have some nice forsythia growing close to our property line and are planning to plant more.
Our city has an ordinance against blight, indicating that property owners are to keep yards and home exteriors free of rubbish, junk, and abandoned vehicles. I have a list of all of his violations and am considering starting to take pictures of the disgusting yard - we have an excellent view of the junk and rubbish from our master bedroom!
Would it be advisable to call the city? My husband and I are young (I'm 26, he's 28) and Bob thinks we're a couple of kids who will just let him do as he pleases. I don't want to cause problems but I can't be the only neighbor who's fed up with Bob's mess! Sure, you don't need a perfectly manicured yard and everyone occasionally leaves a rake or wheelbarrow out of a shed - but it is constant with him and the junk is EVERYWHERE in Bob's yard. It's dragging down my property value and I'm sick of always having to see his eyesore of a yard and home every time I sit on my deck or look out our bedroom windows. I believe the P&Z commission can fine him $90 for each offense, per day, until he cleans it up.
I worry that he'd know it was us who called, and he'd damage our property in some fashion (key our cars, drain his pool into our backyard, etc.).
As the saying goes, good fences make good neighbors and we intend to get that fence in as soon as we've saved up the money for it.