Torontonians are making news around the world this week, and for all the wrong reasons.
In an incident that has caught the attention of both local and international media, a Toronto resident has made news by cutting down a shared fence without permission. The woman in the video has allegedly instructed her husband to use a chainsaw to dismantle the fence, leaving her neighbours in disbelief.
Who was in the right, we are not sure judging by the limited information in the video, but it got attention.
The incident was captured on video and subsequently shared on TikTok by the fence-building homeowner whose name is listed as Tiffany Mraj. In the video, the neighbours can be seen cutting through the fence while throwing pieces of wood onto the neighbouring property. Mraj’s attempts to question their actions were not met well.
The altercation escalated when another resident of the property confronted the neighbours. Despite the homeowner’s pleas to cease the destruction, the neighbours continued, leading to a standoff.
The incident has sparked a flurry of reactions on social media, garnering more than 3.5 million views. While many TikTok users expressed support for the aggrieved homeowners, others engaged in debates over fence ownership and recommended legal action for damages, and others raised other ethical questions in defence of those taking down the fence.
Since the story broke, the neighbour has responded via TikTok with the handle @fencelady6. These new videos show how long this dispute has been brewing and how she has tried to communicate with Tiffany Mraj about how the fence erected on some of her own property, even showing a notice sent to “Tiffany’s mother” stating that it was built on more than one foot of her property. The person in the video also states that the original fence built against her wall was removed and rebuilt on the correct property line, although the homeowner said in the video that she still cannot access some of her home for repairs.
We do not know the full story, but it appears that the differences have been settled to some extent.
The incident has raised concerns about community relationships and shared property rights. Some users pointed out that fences are typically considered shared property, emphasizing the importance of open communication and collaboration among neighbors for repairs and modifications.
It’s not exactly the headlines we like to make here in the big city, but it happened.