A BLOATED buy-to-let property tycoon refused to apologise yesterday following outcry over his bigoted decision not to rent homes to “coloureds” because they left his property “smelling of curry.”
Fergus Wilson now says he would allow “negroes” to become tenants because “they haven’t generated a curry smell at the end of the tenancy.”
But he clarified that he would be wary of renting to people from India because his “beef is with curry.”
Mr Wilson has made tens of millions by buying up houses when the property market collapsed in the 1990s, then selling them when prices soared. He also retained hundreds of houses in Kent, letting them out for rent via lettings agencies.
The bigot attracted a storm of criticism on Tuesday over an instruction to his letting agency not to rent to “coloureds.”
Refusing to apologise for his remarks yesterday, Mr Wilson, 70, blamed a lettings agency employee for the furore after leaking his comments.
Amid a public backlash, Mr Wilson refused to back down and said his stance was no different from his ban on letting his properties to smokers and dog owners.
He said: “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 Equality and Human Rights Commission said Mr Wilson’s instructions to the letting agent were “unlawful” and it pledged to investigate and ask him to explain his actions.
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police is aware of this issue and will be working to establish if any offences have taken place.”
Among other groups banned by Mr Wilson from renting his properties are people on housing benefit and “battered wives.”
In January 2014, he sent eviction notices to around 200 tenants who receive housing benefit.
He said he was replacing them with Eastern European migrants, because: “We’ve found [migrants] to be a good category of tenant who don’t default on their rent.”