A private landlord couple who own around 700 properties have made the decision to retire from the private rented sector.

Fergus and Judith Wilson, who run homes and have various tenancy agreements set up in and around Kent, believe that now is the ideal time for them to sell up.

The couple have reportedly made around £90 million since starting their property empire in 1986, highlighting what a lucrative business it can be if done properly.

Kent towns of Ashford and Maidstone are where most of their rental homes are situated - and the Wilsons believe that they can capitalise on recent property price hikes by selling on their homes in the coming months.

Indeed, both Halifax and Nationwide Building Society have reported property price rises over the summer.

Mr Wilson said: "The time is right for us to go. It will break my heart to say goodbye to all the houses we have but you cannot take them to the grave with you."

Written by Claire Doyle

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