A landlord in Central London refused to rent a room to a Gambian student after saying it was because African cooking ‘makes the house smell’.

A landlord in Central London refused to rent a room to a Gambian student
A landlord in Central London refused to rent a room to a Gambian student

Mr. Mboob the 24-year-old performing arts student told BBC ‘I was completely devastated at the landlord’s response and I still am today.

‘Growing up in England, I’ve experienced all types of racism, but this was the first time that I’ve experienced something this absurd.’

Mr. Mboob, who studies at the University of the Arts London and is originally from the Gambia, said the exchange had made him self-conscious about cooking African food in case his housemates held similar attitudes.

Refusing to rent property due to a person’s race is against the law because it breaches section 12 of the Equality Act 2010.

The exchange began with Mr. Mboob asking if he could arrange a viewing, to which Ms. Vimbsone replied, ‘Sure, I do views today from now till 7 pm will be brilliant if you could make time.’

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But she then added: ‘Oh, just seen your profile, it’s for European people only. Sorry dear’

The angry student hit back: ‘That’s the worst thing I ever heard’. 

Ms. Vimbsone then said: ‘We are not racist, we have friends from Nigeria and all the house smells when they cook.’

The exchange ended with Mr. Mboob calling the landlord ‘racist’ and asking her not to message him again.  

In 2017, a multi-millionaire Kent landlord prompted outcry after advising letting agents, ‘No colored people because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy.’

The case of Fergus Wilson, 71, led to a ruling by the Equality and Human Rights Commission that landlords could not discriminate against ethnic minorities.

In a separate incident, Wilson was convicted of racially abusing a traffic warden and handed a 12-month community order.

He was caught on camera saying, ‘Do you even speak English? Take your stupid fack facking back to your own place where you came from.’ Read Here


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