Fergus and Judith Wilson, two of the country’s best-known and most controversial landlords, have begun dismantling their property empire.
The couple, whose buy-to-let portfolio includes some 1,000 homes, hope to make as much as £100 million from the sales.
They are reported to have already made £25 million from 100 properties, most of which have been sold to Chinese and Indian investors.
The Wilsons became the country’s most recognisable buy-to-let investors, having built their huge portfolio over three decades.
The couple began buying houses around the M20 in Kent during the late 1980s, and came to control large swathes of the area.
But they courted controversy last year when they said they would no longer rent their properties to those in receipt of housing benefit.
Last January, the Wilsons served eviction notices to some 200 tenants on benefits, saying: “What is the fix for those on benefits? Perhaps it is to get a job and come off benefits and that will ensure a passport to being housed.”