A BUY-TO-LET tycoon who tried to have “coloured” tenants banned from his properties because of the “smell of curry” that he claims they leave behind complained to police yesterday about online abuse he has received.
Fergus Wilson, 69, has been passed Facebook posts showing images of himself and his wife Judith holding doctored property boards with insulting messages on them.
One reads: “I am a racist c***, 2 per cent of people disagree with this statement.”
Another reads: “Racist, homophobic prick,” while one other says: “2 per cent, the percentage of people that don’t think I’m a twunt.”
Mr Wilson said a YouTube video in which he is called a “racist dickwad” had also been reported.
The Facebook postings appeared following the leak of an email that Mr Wilson sent to a letting agency listing his requirements for potential tenants.
It reads: “No coloured people because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy.”
Mr Wilson said that carpets had been ruined by ingrained cooking smells and that such damage was not covered by his insurance.
He claimed his refusal to accept non-white tenants was purely for financial reasons and was “neither racist nor discrimination.”
“Let me be perfectly honest on this point,” he added. “In a predominantly white English area, almost all landlords will not let to Indian and Pakistani tenants because of the smell of curry.”
Mr Wilson refused to back down after a fierce reaction from the public, asserting that his racist stance was no different from his ban on smokers and dog owners letting his properties.
He is considered to be Britain’s biggest buy-to-let landlord, with hundreds of homes in Kent.
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police is aware of this issue and will be working to establish if any offences have taken place.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission said Mr Wilson’s instructions to the letting agent were “unlawful” and pledged to investigate.
Anti-fascist charity Hope Not Hate described Mr Wilson as “the unacceptable face of the housing crisis” and compared him to the racist bigot Alf Garnett from BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part.