Britain's biggest landlord bans 'coloured' people from renting properties 'because of the curry smell'
One of the UK’s biggest buy-to-let landlords has instructed agents acting on his behalf, not to let his properties to “coloured people”, because the smell of curry “sticks to the carpet”. Fergus Wilson's Kent property empire is thought to number around 1,000 homes in the Ashford and Maidstone areas. The 70-year-old has form for “offensive directives” regarding who can and cannot rent his properties. At the start of the year, he told agents not to rent to battered wives, single parents, low income and zero hours workers, or plumbers.
This sort of thing will become more common in Brexit Britain. The Tory government mandates that landlords check the legality of tenants in England and despite the “Check all new tenants. It’s against the law to only check people you think aren’t British citizens” warning that’s exactly what will happen. Carte blanche for racists. And this was enacted before Brexit. Fortunately, this guy’s blatant discrimination should land him in court.