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Exposed: Landlord's Racist Behaviour

National newspapers - March 2017

We ensured that our whistleblower retained their anonymity while exposing the unacceptable behaviour of the landlord.

Below is one of the stories that resulted from our information:

Landlord Fergus Wilson who banned ‘coloureds’ from renting his homes compares their ‘curry smells’ to dogs and smokers denies he is a racist

A PROPERTY tycoon has insisted his ban on “coloureds” renting his properties because they make them smell of curry is not racist – because he hates smokers too.

Fergus Wilson sparked outrage when details of his policy banning “coloured people” because of the smell of curry, were leaked.

Fergus Wilson, 69, insisted he was not racist but stood by his comments

The 69-year-old insisted he was not racist and had simply made an “economic decision” after being left out of pocket from cleaning and replacing carpets.

Wilson, long regarded as Britain’s biggest buy-to-let investor with hundreds of properties in Kent worth £100million, faced a backlash after a leaked email to a letting agent revealed the comments.

The landlord said that his stance was a matter of economics and no different to his bar on smokers and dog walkers.

Wilson said it was an ‘economic decision’ after losing money from re-carpeting

He added: “It has transpired a disgruntled employee has decided to feed to the media details of a confidential email to Evolution Lettings where I stated I wanted no coloured tenants due to the problems we had experienced with curry smells.

“Why the employee was disgruntled I am not privileged to. Clearly he was most upset about something.

“There has been much support for the stance I have taken. I do not apologise for it. Faced with the same circumstances I would do it again.

“I am not racist and my beef is with curry not with the colour of someone’s skin. I have merely taken an economic decision.

“It is the same with dog owners and smokers. I do not feel able to take them.”

The email, obtained by to The Sun, listed his requirements for tenants, including: “No coloured people because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy.”

The email sent to his letting agents revealed he had made the ban because of the cost of removing the smell of curry.

Evolution, which manages hundreds of the former boxer’s properties, condemned the policy and said it would never implement it.

Roy Fever, manager at Evolution, said: “We don’t condone this at all.

“We would never implement a policy like that. We put through anyone to the landlord and it is up to the landlord who they take on.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has now promised to launch a probe, demanding an explanation from the landlord.

EHRC chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath branded Wilson’s remarks “truly disgusting”.

She said: “Unless we are satisfied that he will not commit unlawful acts in the future we will take legal action.”