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One Of The UK's Biggest Landlords Has Banned Renting To "Coloured People" Because Of Their "Curry Smell"

Earlier this year, Fergus Wilson banned renting properties to domestic violence survivors, single parents, and low-income workers.

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Fergus Wilson, one of the United Kingdom's biggest buy-to-let landlords, recently sent an email instructing his agents not to rent properties to "coloured people" because they leave a "curry scent" behind.

Wilson told The Sun that he was "overloaded with coloured people" and that he doesn't think this move is an offensive one.

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Contained in the email, which was leaked to The Sun, were statements about why Wilson wanted to ban "coloured" tenants:

"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."

He also added that he wouldn't be bothered by having only white tenants.

Since the news broke, people have been (understandably) outraged by Wilson's statements.

British property tycoon Fergus Wilson banned "coloured people" from renting his properties because of "curry smell. Is he...?

1968: someone refuses to sell my uncle a house because he is coloured. 2017: https://t.co/pBHT2H2hQi

Fergus Wilson doesn't like the smell of curry. Sure beats the stench of boiled cabbage.

If you currently rent a property from Fergus Wilson leave it in the worst state you possible can

As per the latest reports, the police have issued a probe into Wilson's statements to see if any offences have taken place.

Twitter: @jdplayford

Earlier this year, Wilson had also instructed his agents not to rent properties to domestic violence survivors, single parents, low-income zero-hours workers, or plumbers.

Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

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