Old Fergus looks like he’s enjoyed more than a few curries over the years

Fergus Wilson doesn’t want people of colour renting his houses because of curry smells.

He certainly looks like he’s enjoyed a few curries, but more probably the six pack of lager he had with them.

One of Britain’s biggest buy-to-let landlords, Fergus Wilson, has banned ‘coloured’ people from renting his properties because, he says, they leave them smelling of curry.

In an email to a letting agent acting on his behalf Mr Wilson, who runs a property empire in Kent, said: “No coloured people because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy.”  

When contacted by The Sun Mr Wilson defended his comments, saying : “To be honest, we’re getting overloaded with coloured people. It is a problem with certain types of coloured people — those who consume curry — it sticks to the carpet.

“You have to get some chemical thing that takes the smell out. In extreme cases you have to replace the carpet.”

Earlier this year Mr Wilson, 69, made headlines after saying he would no longer accept victims of domestic violence as tenants because jealous or angry partners typically cause damage by kicking down front doors and punching holes in the interior.

Single parents, workers on low incomes, families with children, pet owners, smokers and single adults are also among those who Mr Wilson has barred from his properties.

Curry smells are awful, I have to admit. They do take ages to go…especially if they cooked the curry by lighting a fire in the oven, which I had one tenant do once.

But, they are his places and if he doesn’t want to rent them to smelly wogs it is up to him.

A spokesperson for the campaign group Hope Not Hate group said: “You simply cannot treat people like this and deny them a place to live due to their skin colour.

“This is the unacceptable face of the housing crisis. There is something broken in the system when such a powerful figure can get away with such an appalling policy.

“Fergus Wilson’s comments would seem laughably offensive, a throwback to the Alf Garnett era, if they weren’t so serious in their implication.

Yeah, well they are his houses…he can rent to whomever he likes and if he wants to limit his renter base then that’s a business decision for him.

Of course, for those seeking perpetual outrage this is manna from heaven.

Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “There are still deep inequalities in our society as our race report demonstrated and these comments show why.

“As a country we all assume we have left the dark ages behind, but clearly there is more to be done.

“We will investigate and will be asking Mr Wilson to explain his actions. Unless we are satisfied that he will not break the law in the future we will take legal action”.

Big mistake is stating what his policy was…he should have just quietly declined applications from those he didn’t want as tenants.


– Telegraph

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