‘Britain’s most hated landlord’, 70, finally sells up and vows to evict hundreds more people after he once banned ‘coloured’ tenants for ‘smelling of curry’
- Multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson from Maidstone, Kent, set to kick out hundreds
- Thirty-two homes sold independently and talks underway to offload some stock
- In coming days he will unleash total of 90 eviction notices across his properties
Britain’s most hated landlord, Fergus Wilson (pictured), is set to unleash yet more misery on his tenants
‘Britain’s most hated landlord’ is set to cause more misery – by evicting hundreds of tenants.
Multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson, infamous for banning ‘coloured’ tenants because they smell like ‘curry’, hopes to sell his portfolio of 300 homes by the end of the year.
The 70-year-old is planning to give tenants their marching orders next week.
Just last month his wife Judith Wilson, 68, was ordered to pay £25,000 in fines and legal costs last month for failing to supply hot water to a disabled tenant.
The couple, who live near Maidstone in Kent, said they would appeal the decision and threatened to crash Ashford’s property market by selling their empire.
Fergus has revealed 32 homes have been sold independently and talks are underway to offload some stock in batches.
A tenant, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I hate him. We all do. It’s low rent housing – if I could afford to move elsewhere, I would.
‘I’m not one of the first lot getting turfed out but I do feel like it’ll happen any day now.
‘It’s not fair – I’m struggling to sleep because I’ve got Fergus Wilson’s sword of Damocles dangling above my head.’
Wilson’s wife, Judith, was ordered to pay £25,000 for failing to supply hot water to a disabled tenant
A total of 90 Section 21 notices will be delivered to tenants next week, allowing two months to vacate.
‘I do feel sad for people who are going to be homeless, it will be hardest for parents with young children, because most landlords won’t accept them,’ he said.
‘I also feel sad selling the houses. We have built them up over the years but we can’t take them to the grave with us.
‘We haven’t thought about what we will do with the money yet, I’m not going to buy a Rolls-Royce or anything like that. I could do that now – it is money down the drain.’
The 70-year-old millionaire is set to kick out hundreds more
In 2017, Fergus’ ban on ‘coloured’ tenants – because they allegedly left curry smells in his homes – was overturned in a court victory for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
More recently he sparked fury for evicting four mothers which he blamed on the district council’s ‘strict rules’ on how quickly boilers need to be fixed in homes with babies.
In September he triggered a police response when he threw his plate of chips on the floor at a service station.
Fergus said he is in talks with businessmen from India and Nigeria about the homes.
He said: ‘I am meeting a large scale landlord this weekend to discuss selling some homes in batches.’
Councillor Gerald White, ABC portfolio holder for housing, said the authority will help evicted tenants ‘as much as we can.’
‘Mr Wilson is a landlord, he is well within his legal rights to do what he wants with his properties whether that’s to sell or rent them,’ he said. ‘We will help evicted tenants, as much as we can. If people need help they should contact our housing option team.’
Landlords have the legal right to retain possession at the end of a tenancy, but must follow the legal procedure.
Under an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, landlords can issue a Section 21 notice to regain possession after the initial period of the agreement.