i typed a really long reply out. deleted it. replaced with:
i gave a few indian families (between 1-3 kids each) a chance with my rental property
. all of them trashed the place beyond belief. i treated them with too much respect and concern, i suspect.
we're talking about soiled diapers left behind in weird places and broken toilets. the place was newly renovated before the first indian family moved in. all the furniture was new (including the commodes, sinks, kitchen, etc) - having been used by myself for about a few months before i moved out. they eventually became burnt (how???) or heavily damaged from abuse.
one family even took the batteries out of my smoke detectors and remote controls when they left! it was not as if i withheld their deposit or treated them unfairly. ALL 3 tenants wanted to move out earlier than the contracted period. only 1 was due to a post out of Singapore. the other 2 found cheaper places to rent.
agents could tell immediately walking through the door that "indians lived (t)here before" - the smell of their spices was so strong and permeated everywhere. no amount of hours by mrs sparkles could make it better - i had to repaint the whole place within 3 years of the first full renovation. why won't they close the kitchen door???
a second property, rented to expats also, but all non-indians, was fine. minimal wear - my expectations were low, especially in comparison. most importantly, rent always paid on time at the second place.
my wife and i started out by wanting to be "equal opportunity landlords" but this was not possible. doesn't make the discrimination right, but i now, with hindsight, thoroughly understand why landlords say "no cooking, no indians."
all i can say was, it was almost as-if the offending families lived like squatters. they were not, but to me, they behaved that way.