Lets Lynch the Landlord!
A pair of property tycoons have sent eviction letters to over 200 of their tenants claiming housing benefit – and have said they’d rather have eastern Europeans in their homes than people on welfare.
Fergus Wilson, who with wife Judith runs a 1,000+ property empire in Kent, has claimed that the move is a purely financial decision, based on benefit claimants’ ability to pay.
And Mr Wilson has advised those on housing benefits to find a job if they wish to get a house.
The landlord said: “When it comes to money, over half of people on benefits were defaulting on their rent, and when it comes to people who are working, we’ve not had one single person default on one single penny.
“Rents are going up in line with the price of houses, and housing benefit levels are dropping at the same time.
“Tenants from eastern Europe, places like Poland, have been here a number of years now and have built up a good enough credit rating to rent privately.”
The couple, both former maths teachers, have steadily built up a property portfolio worth around £225 million since starting out in the early ’90s.