Epic war between neighbours over a fence Sydney suburb of Epping expoldes as woman hangs bedsheet


Epic war between neighbours over a fence and two overhanging trees explodes as woman hangs a bedsheet with a handwritten taunts outside her home calling next-door couple ‘scum’

  • Yuk Lo hung bedsheets scrawled with taunts outside her home amid dispute 
  • The signs are the latest round in an ongoing battle with neighbour Dr Rong Ji 
  • Pair have been to court previously over boundary fence and overhanging trees 

A simmering three-year-long dispute between neighbours over a boundary fence has exploded with a woman hanging bedsheets outside her house scrawled with taunts. 

Yuk Lo took her neighbour Dr Rong Ji to court in 2021 over a rickety fence separating their yards and two overhanging trees in the north-west Sydney suburb of Epping. 

The Land and Environment Court ruled a new fence should be built separating the properties and the two trees in Dr Ji’s yard cut down. 

‘The orders below provide for a new fence, with its cost shared by the parties,’ acting commissioner David Galway wrote.

He also noted the dispute was at first about the boundary fence but had become ‘clouded over the years with other issues’. 

The sign scrawled on a bedsheet that Ms Lo has hung on the front of her house insulting her neighbour (pictured)

The sign scrawled on a bedsheet that Ms Lo has hung on the front of her house insulting her neighbour (pictured) 

Dr Ji previously told The Daily Telegraph he understood the order but had been waiting for another court appointment before paying his half – which he has now done. 

But Ms Lo is furious it took so long and has hung multiple signs written on bedsheets in both her front and back yards making her opinions clear. 

‘Attention (property address), live shameful couple,’ the sign reads.

‘Owner… Dr Rong Ji.

‘Plants trees close to neighbour’s sewer and electrical cable.

‘Spent 4.23 millions to buy (property address) on 5/12/2021.

‘But ignore court order to pay $412.5 on 7/10/2021 until 6/5/2022, seven months late.’

The signs, which are understood to have been up for more than two weeks, also contain a number of offensive words in English and Chinese including calling Dr Ji ‘scum’. 

Ms Lo (pictured) said she was leaving the sign up because she wants 'stress compensation'

Ms Lo (pictured) said she was leaving the sign up because she wants ‘stress compensation’ 

She also wants another tree, close to the fence in the front yard, cut down despite the Land and Environment Court approving its position. 

‘Yeah, they want to remove our trees,’ Dr Ji said.

‘That’s the fantasy, they think that they (the trees) damaged their house and cut in their power line or something like that, and lots of things.’

Speaking to A Current Affair on Thursday Ms Lo said she was leaving the signs up despite Dr Ji paying his share because she wants more money. 

‘He hasn’t paid me stress compensation,’ Ms Lo said.

Dr Ji responded that he too was stressed by the situation.

‘She always says she is stressed but actually she puts the stress on the other side.’ 

Dr Ji (pictured) who has not hung up any signs of his own said that he was just as stressed by the situation as Ms Lo

Dr Ji (pictured) who has not hung up any signs of his own said that he was just as stressed by the situation as Ms Lo

Ms Lo said she was ‘forced’ to display the signs and that Dr Ji only paid after she did a letter box drop to the neighbours in her street.

It is understood she intends to go back to court to seek compensation for stress. 

At the previous Land and Environment Court hearing she submitted a claim for stress but acting commissioner Galway did not accept her argument. 

‘In support of this she filed statements and letters from a psychologist, doctor and the pastor of her church, all of whom referred to the ongoing dispute as the cause of her stress,’ Mr Galwey wrote.

‘They are all small trees, unlikely to cause any significant damage or injury,’ he said.

‘There is nothing inherently stressful about these trees.’

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