House hunting Boris Johnson may have to evict tenants from his homes: The outgoing Prime Minister’s £1.2m home in Camberwell and a Grade II-listed cottage in Oxfordshire are now being rented
- Their £1.2m home in Camberwell was remortgaged in 2020 and occupied
- Their Grade 2 listed cottage in Thame, Oxfordshire, is being rented for £4,250 a month
- As Prime Minister, his flat and checkers were paid for by the taxpayer and his £155,376 salary
Boris Johnson needs to find a place to live, he can’t live in Downing Street now
The end Boris JohnsonFinding a prime minister presents him with a rather urgent problem – finding a place to live.
When he steps down, he may not be able to return to his old home because it and other properties owned by him and his wife, Carrie, are being rented out.
It was offered for rent last year for £4,000 a month.
Meanwhile, their Grade 2 listed cottage in Thame, Oxfordshire, also worth £1.2m, has also been let for £4,250 a month for a minimum of 12 months.
Both will likely still be on their original one-year contracts.
Mr and Mrs Johnson’s house in Camberwell is now occupied
But even if they don’t, the spouses must give residents at least 28 days notice – and possibly up to three months.
As Prime Minister, Mr Johnson has become accustomed to the taxpayer paying for a flat in central London and a large countryside in the form of Checkers on top of his £155,376 salary.
However, he will have to start paying the bills on his property again – not to mention figuring out how to get around as the couple don’t have a car.
Mr Johnson and his wife bought their four-bedroom semi-detached house in Camberwell in July 2019 with a mortgage from Santander. It was remortgaged to Clydesdale Bank last August, according to Land Registry documents. The Oxfordshire home, known as Old Farm House, is unfurnished, so the Johnsons would need to supply their own dining table, sofa, beds and chairs once the tenants move out.
Full House: Mr and Mrs Johnson’s Oxfordshire home is also available for rent
It was bought by him and his then wife Marina Wheeler in 2003 for £690,000. Mr Johnson sold the house he shared with her in Islington in 2019 for £3.75m.
Other former prime ministers were more fortunate. David Cameron’s friend Sir Alan Parker loaned him his £17 million Holland Park home in central London, Theresa May returned to her constituency home in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and Tony Blair’s £3.4 million home in Connaught Square in central London was empty.
Meanwhile, Cameron’s former therapist Andy Coulson said Johnson would write “the fastest prime ministerial memoir ever” to fund his next move.