A British landlord, Elina Vimbsone has been accused of 'shocking racism' after allegedly refusing to rent out her double room apartment in London to a Gambian student, Ebrima Mboob. 

Elina who was initially enthusiastic about offering the room, changed her mind upon realizing he is from an African country because African cooking ‘makes the house smell’. Ms Vimbsonesaid: 'We are not racist... we have friends from Nigeria and all the house smells when they cook.'

In a screenshot of a chat shared, the landlord told the Gambian student that her house is only for Europeans.

British landlord refuses to rent room to a student because 'Nigerian cooking makes the house smell'

British landlord refuses to rent room to a student because 'Nigerian cooking makes the house smell'


Recounting the experience, 24-year-old who is studying Performing Arts at the University of the Arts London said he was shocked to know that his right to renting the apartment was cancelled because of ethnicity.

He told The Sun:

“I was completely shocked 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.

“She even tried to play it down by saying how she has Nigerian friends and that all their houses smell like what they cook.

“I’ve just moved in with new housemates and I’ve developed serious anxiety about cooking around them in case they hate the smell too.”
British landlord refuses to rent room to Gambian student because 'African cooking makes the house smell'

Refusing to rent a 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 7pm will [sic] be brilliant if you could make a time.'

But she then added: 'Oh, just seen your profile, it's for European people only. Sorry mate...'

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 coloured 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 f****** f***y back to your own place where you came from.'

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