Some may recall a while back one of our members had a long running battle (over years) with his City Council, incurring fines, endless correspondance etc.
We have a neighbour who maybe 14 months back put a complete wreck of a rusty trailer outside his fence (grass verge) with a $600 for sale sign on it. This is an absolute wreck. After 6 months the price got down to $200.
The other day I got sick of this heap of junk, so took a picture and made a complaint to our City Council. Are they on the ball. They keep in touch with me. He has not been asked, but told to remove it, and hasn't. They have now issued him with a fine (the verge outside your property is not your - it is councils - but you are obliged to maintain it.)
So looks as though we are in for something similar to the OP situation.
We (neighbours) reckon he wants it pinched so he can claim the insurance.
The sooner it goes, the better the neibourhood will be for all.