Originally Posted by t00nces2
Doesn't matter...the very SIGHT of say a junkyard devalues properties near it. Same thing as you building a large house for instance and it obscuring the views that you had before of the ocean...it is an issue and devalues my property.
IF he has stuff that is not allowed (and junk cars and other things similar is NOT allowed in MANY, MANY residential areas), then yes, they can force you to clean it up or move to to an area more appropriate. I have zero issue with that. It affects others just by it being there (on his property or not). It is a fair compromise for everyone...you can do that stuff, just have to be zoned correctly or put it in a place that allows it.
Again, I don't have all the facts, but if it is residential or the zoning was changed (there would have been meetings where he could have spoken up against the zoning) AND those things are not allowed (by law or statute), then yeah, it's gotta go. Not EVERYTHING gets a grandfather clause and rightly so. Sometimes we have some limitations on doing anything we want to have some assemblance of order and protections.
IF it is something fightable, then a lawyer will be the best option to help. Not everything is winnable . I have seen places torn down locally that went for the greater good...they were paid market value of course. You also can't live in say a condemned house for the safety of yourself and others. Hopefully, a consultation with a lawyer will give him the options available to him or at least gets the fines waived or reduced.