Bri­tish Land­lord forced to drop ban on 'In­dian and Pak­istani ten­ants who leave be­hind curry smell'

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LON­DON: A prop­erty ty­coon who banned In­dian and Pak­istani ten­ants be­cause he claimed they made his homes smell of curry has been told he must to drop the pol­icy de­scribed as "ab­hor­rent", Bri­tish me­dia re­ported.

The de­ci­sion was made at Maid­stone County Court and handed to Fer­gus Wil­son, who is known as the big­gest buy-to-let in­vestor in Bri­tain.

The case against Wil­son be­gan after the Equal­ity and Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (EHRC) asked for an in­junc­tion against him be­cause he told a let­tings agency not to let out his homes to "coloured" ten­ants. He sug­gested that "coloured" ten­ants left be­hind a smell of curry when they moved out of the prop­erty.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of EHRC Re­becca Hilsen­rath said: "We wel­come this out­law­ing by the court of Mr Wil­son's dis­crim­i­na­tory let­ting pol­icy.

"De­nial of a home on the grounds of race or colour is ab­hor­rent con­duct we do not ac­cept in to­day's so­ci­ety."

"There are still deep in­equal­i­ties in our coun­try, as our race re­port ear­lier this year demon­strated, and sadly some of the causes of those in­equal­i­ties were il­lus­trated by Mr Wil­son's com- ments over the sum­mer."

De­spite the rul­ing the land­lord still claimed there is a "prob­lem" with those that make curry at home when speak­ing to the Press As­so­ci­a­tion. He also claimed "you'll find that most land­lords think the same. I'm here be­cause I said it" and de­nied be­ing racist as "I have far more coloured peo­ple, black peo­ple I mean, in Ash­ford [as ten­ants] than the av­er­age."

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