"It is a problem with certain types of coloured people — those who consume curry"
Britain’s biggest buy-to-let landlord, Fergus Wilson, banned “coloured people” from renting his properties. He claims they leave properties with a “curry smell”. But, he has outraged many and could soon face legal action from the UK equalities watchdog.
Fergus Wilson owns roughly 1,000 homes in the area of Maidstone and Kent. Letting agents Evolution handle some of the houses and so he sent them an email with requirements. In the list of requirements, he ordered a strict ban on “coloured people.”
The Sun exclusively revealed the exact details of the email. Fergus Wilson said: “No coloured people because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy.”
The national newspaper also questioned the buy-to-let landlord on his discriminating comments. Unbelievably, he didn’t feel ashamed. He said: “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.”
The leak has prompted an understandably disgusted reaction from anti-discrimination groups. They disagreed with his comments, believing that people should not judge others because of their skin colour.
They also suggested that the landlord: “Should face the full force of the law.”
But, reports claim that police can’t take action against Fergus Wilson, as he has not broken the law. This doesn’t mean the landlord has an easy escape, though. Racial discrimination by landlords breach civil law, so his tenants could sue him.
In addition, The Equality and Human Rights Commission have claimed they will investigate the “truly disgusting remarks” from the Fergus Wilson’s email:
“We will investigate and will be asking Mr Wilson to explain his actions. Unless we are satisfied that he will not commit unlawful acts in the future we will take legal action.”
Evolution, the recipient of the email, also spoke out about their thoughts on the email. They refused to put the requirement into place and condoned it.
This does not mark the first time Fergus Wilson has made controversial decisions. In January 2017, he created a long list of banned people from his properties. The list included single parents, low-income workers, and “battered wives.”
With such strict, unruly requirements, who does the landlord then allow in his properties?