Neighbor's Rundown House
This isn't MY home disaster, but I can't figure out any other forum to post this plea for advice. If there is one, please let me know.
I am a tolerant person. I'm not the type to complain about minor annoyances neighbors do, and I appreciate the same treatment from them. This is why we do not live in a HOA-type neighborhood. We're outside city limits, in a township - 25-year old houses on 1/3 acre lots. Generally speaking, it's a great place.
The neighbor across the street is a problem, though, that's gone on far too long. It's a long story involving divorce. We knew he would let the place run down, but weren't expecting this degree. He hasn't cut the backyard all summer and has only cut the front once. There is an above ground pool which is falling down and the cover has been left to sit against a decaying swingset. He piles garbage bags on his back deck for weeks at a time. The pile of garbage in his driveway has been steadily growing and also includes various construction equipment and scraps. He leaves his house windows open all of the time, even if he's not there for several days. There is no glass in the garage windows. Weeds have overtaken the cracks in the driveway. It's hideous. And I promise I am not exaggerating - don't have to.
A lady from the mortgage company comes by now and then to ask me and other neighbors if it's still occupied. We want to be kind, so we tell her we do see him now and then, though less and less. He does not live there anymore, as far as I can tell. He stops by sometimes for a few minutes to drop off junk or pick it up. Since we do see him sometimes, she puts down "occupied" on her report.
We heard a rumor that they were going to foreclose, but then he declared bankruptcy (the neighbor rumor mill...) so they couldn't.
Evidently there is nothing our township can do about it. I've e-mailed, but got no response. Another neighbor has called and sent letters, but nothing has happened either.
The guy a few houses down had his house on the market a couple months ago, and the run-down house was a big problem. Frankly, I'm surprised it sold! I cannot STAND having this dump across the street from me, in an area when every other home is kept so nice and neat. It's not good for the kids too - I'm afraid his trash will bring rats and other nasties. Don't know what to do!