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Experts weigh in after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese evicts Dulwich Hill investment property tenant

Experts have weighed in after the tenant claimed the notice to vacate was unfair in the current rental market.

PM's eviction notice

An inner Sydney renter’s complaint about his high-profile landlord who issued him with an eviction notice has backfired.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he has had “changes in my personal life” - notably his engagement to Jodie Haydon - and has decided to sell the Dulwich Hill investment property.

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Small business owner Jim Flanagan, 45, who has lived in the $2 million three-bedroom, two-storey townhouse for four years was given 90 days to vacate on May 8, noting the landlord “could be selling the house at some stage”.

Although he accepts Albanese has been an exceptional landlord who dropped the rent during the COVID-19 pandemic to $680 a week - and kept it there - he says the eviction is unfair in the current market.

“It leaves me in a pretty tricky circumstance - I run a small business a very short walk from where I live and options in the rental market in Sydney are extremely limited,” he told Sunrise on Thursday.

“Albo has every right to do this, I’m not suggesting there’s been anything illegal or otherwise here.

“The reality is that there is always a power imbalance between renters and landlords, that’s just the way it is... and that imbalance is exacerbated when there is an environment in the rental market that there currently is.”

However, property agents in the Dulwich Hill area tell 7NEWS that while Australia’s rental market is one of the most expensive in the world - Flanagan was paying half the market rate and likely saved over $50,000 in two years.

On Thursday, a video also emerged of Flanagan’s former partner - Chrissy Flanagan - claiming she had intentionally kept her name on the Dulwich Hill property’s lease even after the couple had split and she had moved out in a bid to keep his rent down.

“Albo is not still my landlord... but my ex still lives in Albo’s house,” she said in the TikTok video from March seen by 7NEWS.com.au.

“My name is still on the lease because I don’t want ... my ex’s rent to go up, so I’m just being overly generous because Albo gave us discounted rent at the start of the pandemic because we were small business people but also low-key because I’m like semi friends with him.”

‘More considered approach’

Flanagan says he is asking for a “more considered communicative approach”.

“I certainly wasn’t provided with the opportunity to discuss an increase of the rent, staying a bit longer, potentially if the house was going on the market,” he said.

“I guess we were just looking for a bit more engagement when it comes to kicking us out of a property.”

In a statement to Sunrise, the prime minister confirmed he “had changes in my personal life and have decided to sell the property”.

Albanese told ABC Radio that Flanagan had failed to engage with the real estate agent about resolving the matter - a claim he denies.

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