We moved to a development with 5-acre homesites last summer. We're thrilled with the neighboorhood and neighbors. Some houses are a little trashy looking, but mostly nice well-kept places. We do have convenants, but because we have no active HOA (and haven't since the 70s) they aren't enforced. A few weeks ago my DH and I noticed loud engine sounds and lights at the property that backs up to ours at odd hours - 2 or 3 am! I then noticed an ever-growing collection of junk vehicles, probably 3-4 campers/trailers, an airplane (or what's left of it), boats, and a pile of parts/misc. junk. We were upset, but just started clearing the back of our property so we can plant trees to screen the mess from our view. Over the weekend a neighbor came by, seems everyone (about 8 homes) is hopping mad about what this guy has hauled onto his property. The poor lady next to him had a deal fall through on her house after all this junk appeared in 3-4 days. Apparently he has a junk lot next to the highway and the county told him to move it, because it will eventually be next to a housing area--so he's moving most of it to this house that he just bought within the last 1-2 months. I called the local code enforcement this morning and was told that this guy has been made aware he's violating code & covenants, but doesn't care and doesn't see what the problem is. Another neighbor has sent him a certified "clean it up or else" letter--and hasn't gotten a reply. The code enforcement office told me the best way to handle the problem is to file with small claims court--he said that even though we have no HOA, the convenants still apply, and the court can force him to clean it up. So we're going to start gathering evidence, taking photos, and we're going to request that each one of the people affected by his junk pile give us a written statement. That way, we'll have 7 or 8 plantiffs when we file the claim--and plenty of evidence. However, I am a little afraid of retaliation by this guy. I'm also worried some of our neighbors won't want to give me statements because they're afraid of retaliation. Any advice? I hate to back down, because I can see the amount of junk he has already multiplying in the next few weeks. And the longer it stays the more difficult it will be to make him move it.