Bob Sewell Brighton rental stoush as AFL demands Fridcorp developer pay $48,472


Footy star landlord and his millionaire rich lister tenant are caught in messy legal battle over unpaid rent after complaints the $12,167 per month Melbourne mansion was ‘uninhabitable’ because of a leaky pool

  • Bob Sewell locked in messy legal battle over unpaid rent after leasing property
  • Sewell rented Brighton home, in Melbourne, to property developer Paul Fridman 
  • Mr Fridman and his partner Kestie Lane agreed to pay $12,167 a month in rent
  • Sewell claimed the couple fell behind in payments and owed him $48,472 


Former Hawthorn star Brad Sewell has won a messy legal battle over unpaid rent after leasing his multi-million dollar mansion to a property developer.

The two-time premiership AFL player leased his Brighton property, in Melbourne, to Fridcorp founder Paul Fridman and his partner Kestie Lane.

The couple signed a lease agreeing to pay $12,167 a month in rent. 

Sewell claimed the pair fell behind in their payments and owed him $48,472 before he took the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Former Hawthorn star Brad Sewell has won a messy legal battle over unpaid rent after leasing his multi-million dollar mansion to a property developer

The two-time premiership AFL player leased his Brighton property, in Melbourne, to Fridcorp founder Paul Fridman and his partner Kestie Lane

The two-time premiership AFL player leased his Brighton property, in Melbourne, to Fridcorp founder Paul Fridman and his partner Kestie Lane

Mr Fridman claimed he was was forced to leave the property after the pool began to leak. He said it made the house ‘uninhabitable’, Herald Sun reported.

He called himself a ‘humble battler’ and ‘poor old tenant’.

‘As a poor old tenant, just a battler in life, I just expect to have the normal luxuries of lockable doors and gates that lock and close,’ he said.

His comment comes despite the fact his massive property portfolio is worth millions of dollars.

His company Fridcorp acquired The Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay, in eastern Sydney, for $180 million in May.

The property was known as the Ritz Carlton in the 1990s, hosted Princess Diana in 1996 before INXS frontman Michael Hutchence was found dead in room 524 the following year. 

The hotel was purchased in a joint venture with Piety Group. 

Marshall White property manager Jennifer O’Connell labelled the legal process as ‘unnecessary’.

She said Mr Fridman and his partner had ‘ample financial means to fulfil their rental obligations’.  

VCAT ordered the couple to pay the outstanding $48,472. 

Daily Mail Australia contacted Mr Fridman for comment. 

Mr Fridman claimed he was was forced to leave the property after the pool began to leak

Mr Fridman claimed he was was forced to leave the property after the pool began to leak

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