One of the UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlords who has in the past banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of his properties, along with battered wives, plumbers, single women who become pregnant and single mums with newborn babies, will appear on BBC Panorama ‘Britain's Most Controversial Landlord’ tonight.
Tonight’s episode will focus on Fergus Wilson who is currently in the process of selling his entire portfolio of around 300 residential properties. The show will examine the impact of his decision on tenants.
Fergus and his wife Judith have hundreds of homes collectively worth about £250m, but they have been actively selling off their properties, centred in and around Kent, over the past couple of years, owed primarily to tax changes and more stringent mortgage lending conditions.
Wilson, aged 70, issued 90 eviction notices in January to tenants in his properties, giving them two months’ to move out.
Wilson, who together with his wife Judith, once owned a 1,000-strong property portfolio, said at the time: “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.
“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.”
Panorama's ‘Britain's Most Controversial Landlord’ is airing tonight at 8.30pm on BBC One.