14:25 PM, 29th March 2017, About 5 years ago 17
The controversial Landlord, Fergus Wilson is likely to face civil charges under the Equality Act for racial discrimination.
Mr Wilson, who claims to be one of the largest UK property owning landlords, was reported to have instructed his letting agents not to rent to “coloured people” because of the cost of removing the smell of curry.
Defending himself Wilson told the Sun “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.”
Hope Not Hate, the Anti-racism charity told the Independent “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.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has indicated it will take action against Wilson, who has also banned battered wives and single mothers from letting his homes.
At a time when Landlords themselves are facing their own discrimination in a hostile political environment the last thing needed is for such an unpleasant character to hit the national press giving a target against landlords for the public and politicians to rile against.
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