Jim Flanagan (pictured), 45, has lived in one of Mr Albanese's investment properties in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill for four years, but has now been given 90 days to pack up and leave because the Prime Minister wants to sell the house

Anthony Albanese has hit back at his Sydney tenant who begged the Prime Minister not to make him homeless after serving him with an eviction notice. 

Jim Flanagan, 45, has lived in one of Mr Albanese’s investment properties in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill for four years.

But the struggling bar owner has now been given 90 days to pack up and leave because the Prime Minister wants to sell the three-bedroom townhouse.

Mr Flanagan went public with his eviction notice on Wednesday, describing it as a ‘crippling blow’. 

This is despite Mr Albanese reducing the rent during the pandemic for Mr Flanagan and his then partner to $680 a week – and not raising it since. The market rate for a three-bedroom property in the area is currently around $800 a week.

Now the Prime Minister has slapped down Mr Flanagan’s plea, claiming that he has been a ‘more than fair owner’. 

Jim Flanagan (pictured), 45, has lived in one of Mr Albanese's investment properties in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill for four years, but has now been given 90 days to pack up and leave because the Prime Minister wants to sell the house

Jim Flanagan (pictured), 45, has lived in one of Mr Albanese’s investment properties in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill for four years, but has now been given 90 days to pack up and leave because the Prime Minister wants to sell the house

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon are pictured at Parliament House in Canberra

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon are pictured at Parliament House in Canberra

‘The person who’s in the property, in his own words, [says] I have been a more than fair owner of that property,’ Mr Albanese told ABC Radio National host Patricia Karvelas.

The Prime Minister said he was ‘entitled’ to sell the property ahead of his upcoming wedding to partner Jodie Haydon. 

Mr Albanese was asked if he would consider allowing Mr Flanagan to stay in the property a little longer.

But he claimed the bar owner has refused to engage with his rental agent. 

‘Well, he’s refused to have discussions with the real estate agent,’ Mr Albanese claimed.

‘That’s a matter for him. I wish him well. He has been well looked after for a long period of time.

‘I am entitled to make decisions in my personal life including selling a property that I own because I wish to move on in my personal life in a different direction.

‘The property was bought when my personal circumstances were different.’

The Prime Minister’s property portfolio has previously been estimated to be worth about $5million, although he has since sold a two-bedroom unit in Canberra, in 2022. 

Mr Albanese famously grew up in public housing in Sydney, but now owns a mortgage-free bungalow in Marrickville and the three-bedroom Dulwich Hill townhouse he now plans to sell. 

The Prime Minister splits his time between The Lodge in Canberra and Kirribilli House in Sydney, living rent and mortgage-free. 

Mr Flanagan said he was reluctant to go public about his situation but felt he had no other choice. 

‘This will kill me, it’s a crippling blow right now,’ he told the the Daily Telegraph.

A shocked Mr Flanagan received the eviction notice from his real estate on May 8, which informed him that Mr Albanese ‘could be selling the house at some stage’.

Mr Flanagan has been given 90 days to vacate the Dulwich Hill property (pictured)

Mr Flanagan has been given 90 days to vacate the Dulwich Hill property (pictured)

‘Please be advised that the landlord requires vacant possession of the property… 90 days after the service of this letter,’ the notice stated.

Mr Flanagan then asked for clarification on whether it was the landlord’s desire he vacate the property, which the agent confirmed.

The small business owner is on a month-to-month lease and knows the Prime Minister has the right to sell the house.

But Mr Flanagan has been spurred into trying to stay on after reading about the government’s $1.9billion package to slash rental costs for vulnerable people announced in Tuesday’s Federal Budget.

‘It just doesn’t sit well when (Mr Albanese) is trying to be sympathetic with the majority of Australians who are, like me, finding the current climate extremely challenging,’ he said.

Anthony Albanese also owns this Marrickville home (pictured), which is also being currently rented out

Anthony Albanese also owns this Marrickville home (pictured), which is also being currently rented out

The Prime Minister said that was 'entitled' to sell the property because of his upcoming wedding to partner Jodie Haydon (pictured)

The Prime Minister said that was ‘entitled’ to sell the property because of his upcoming wedding to partner Jodie Haydon (pictured)

Mr Flanagan said he voted for Labor in the 2022 election and mostly supports the party’s policies, but is doing it tough as the bar he owns is struggling. 

He used to run the trendy Sausage Factory restaurant and craft beer brewery in Dulwich Hill with his then partner, Chrissy Flanagan.

Ms Flanagan, who once lived in the Dulwich Hill house with Mr Flanagan, previously told Daily Mail Australia that Mr Albanese was a good landlord who cut their rent by 25 per cent during the pandemic.

‘Not every politician is the same in private as they are in public,’ Ms Flanagan said at the time. 

‘I just think if you get these little glimpses of what someone’s actually like, when no one’s looking, that tells you something. 

‘It’s just a small reflection of what a person is like in private as to what they might be like when they have the opportunity to live their values more broadly.’

ANTHONY ALBANESE’S MULTI-MILLION PROPERTY EMPIRE 

February 1990: Leaves his mother’s council house in Camperdown, buys first home in for $146,000

August 1995: First home sold for $186,000, second home on same street bought with future wife Carmel Tebbutt for $242,000, sold for around $400,000 in 2001

December 1996: Unit in Barton, Canberra, bought for $162,000. Still owned.

August 2000: Home in Newtown bought for $646,000 with Ms Tebbutt

April 2006: Current family home is bought by the couple for $997,500

August 2006: Newtown home sold for $755,000

June 2012: Investment property bought by the couple on same street for $1.15m

November 2015: Mr Albanese invests $1.175m in Dulwich Hill rental townhouse

August 2019: Ownership adjusted on family home following the end of Mr Albanese’s marriage 

September 2019: Ownership adjusted on investment property  

July 2021: Couple-owned investment property sold for $2.35m 

August 2022: Sold an apartment in Canberra at auction for $662,500 

May 2024: Plans to sell his three-bedroom Dulwich Hill property. It is expected to go for north of $2 million

 

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