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This Couple Sued Neighbours For Allegedly Copying Their Home And People Are Not Having It

Only in Toronto.

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From the same city that brought you "We Bought A Crack House" and well-to-do authors protesting condos comes the latest tale of privilege and pettiness in Toronto.

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This time it's a couple in the affluent Forest Hill neighbourhood who took their neighbours to court for allegedly copying their multi-million dollar home. And you can be sure that people have plenty of opinions.

Let's dive in.

The story comes from the Toronto Star and follows Jason and Jodi Chapnik, a couple who owns a home they renovated with Tudor-style stonework and wood-tipped gables.

This Forest Hill couple sued their neighbours for $2.5 million over a house renovated to look like theirs…

But, they claim, a nearby home was purchased and renovated to look "strikingly similar," including the blue windows and facade. They filed a copyright infringement suit, seeking $2.5 million in damages and demanding the home be redesigned.

The Star reports:

According to a 2014 statement of claim, the Chapniks say their architect-designed home is “one of the most well-known and admired houses in the Cedarvale and Forest Hill neighbourhoods, in a large part due to its uniqueness.” They claim Kirshenblatt, who is “in the business of ... flipping houses,” copied their home to increase her property value “while decreasing the value of the Plaintiff’s unique house.”

And in a city where the average price of a detached home is $1.3 million and many people struggle to just find affordable rentals, the Chapniks have become a prime target for mockery.


Because, honestly, what is even happening here.

How sweet it must be to have a home worth suing over.

Did you know that the average price of a one-bedroom rental in Toronto is estimated to be 2,000 motherfuckin' dollars?

A lawsuit would sure help with the bills, eh?

@TorontoStar I saw a guy at my gym wearing the same underwear as me , maybe I'll sue !

That this happened in Toronto is of little surprise to anyone.


The @TorontoStar continues to make a compelling argument for burning Toronto to the ground:

You really need to read the full story to appreciate how weird the whole thing is.

A castle from the James Bond movie 'Skyfall' and a contractor called 'Scary Steve' among the evidence in this case.

But, oh, the tragedy of it all.

Oh...the unspeakable tragedy of it all. These #FirstWorldProblems must be just unbearable. #Sad. #Unfair.…

The lawsuit ended up being settled out of court, so we'll never know just how worthwhile all this was.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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