Three million people trapped in damp, mouldy and dangerous rented homes protected under new law

The new law – backed by the Sunday Mirror – went through the Commons on Friday

Jessica Lewis with her children have battled damp problems in their home

Three million people will be protected from living in damp, mouldy and dangerous rented homes.

Labour MP Karen Buck’s plan – which the Sunday Mirror has backed – makes it illegal for landlords to rent out unfit properties.

It went through the Commons on Friday after Communities Secretary Sajid Javid urged all Tory MPs to support it, adding: “Everyone deserves a decent, safe place to live.”

Ms Buck told MPs: “Bad housing is a drain on the NHS. Tackling the causes of bad housing would also benefit the NHS.”

Jessica Lewis’s rented property which is plagued with damp problems

Her law means tenants can take landlords to court on legal aid if they refuse to make properties fit for human habitation.

Tory MP Lucy Allan said: “She has spoken up for people who cannot speak for themselves and is to be congratulated.”

Labour MP Karen Buck’s plan makes it illegal for landlords to rent out unfit properties 

The change will help Jessica Sparrow-Lewis, 29, whose children have chest infections from mould at her slug-infested rented house in Tredworth, Glos.

A report said its electrics were “dangerous” and it “should not be inhabited.”

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