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Controversial landlord to appeal £125,000 fine for harassment

Multi-millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson has vowed to attraction in opposition to a Excessive Courtroom ruling ordering him to pay £125,000 to Ashford Council for harassing employees.

A defiant Wilson tells LandlordZONE that he continues to dispute claims and believes the authority is now struggling the fall-out of his resolution to dump lots of of rental properties within the space.

Final 12 months, he was slapped with an injunction to not contact the council after the Excessive Courtroom heard he had despatched lots of of letters and emails and made pointless cellphone calls and formal complaints in opposition to officers, councillors and authorized representatives.

An unrepentant Wilson says: “I didn’t harass them. They stated I made ‘needless phone calls’ however I may by no means get via on the cellphone so I needed to e mail them – and of the 454 letters they stated I despatched over 4 years, that solely works out at a few letters per week regarding my 300 homes.

“We housed people who couldn’t get a house elsewhere but all the thanks we got was them saying I was harassing them.”

It prompted him to exit the sector and he has now bought the final of his 150 homes – from an authentic 970 properties round Kent – and factors to information this week that the council-run personal rental sector lettings company, ABC Lettings, is launching an promoting marketing campaign to win personal landlord shoppers, saying that “the private sector landlord market is considered to be a hard to reach audience”.

Wilson provides: “Ashford Council told me they couldn’t cope if I pulled out of the area – and now they’re having a terrible time. Do they think any private landlord will want to invest in Ashford when they see this?”

The Excessive Courtroom has now dominated that the controversial landlord should pay £125,000 by seventeenth Might as a component cost whereas the complete prices are assessed. The council believes this worth, just below 75% of its estimated prices of £170,000, represents an inexpensive sum.

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