“Tens of thousands of rotten houses like the one where Awaab was killed”

Awaab Ishak and Housing Secretary Michael Gove

Awaab Ishak (left), who died as a result of mold growing in his home, and housing secretary Michael Gove (Images: MEN Media/Sky)

Hundreds of thousands more people could be living in dangerously damp and moldy homes like that of tragic two-year-old Awaab Ishak, Housing Secretary Michael Gove said.

The minister traveled to Rochdale, where Awaab died after his lungs were contaminated with mold at his home.

He met landlord Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) and blocked £1million funding, saying his behavior was unforgivable. “There are people not only on this property but elsewhere in the county who live in houses that aren’t really fit for human habitation,” he told Sky News.

Chief Executive Gareth Swabrick was coerced this week after a coroner heard RBH had repeatedly failed to address concerns raised by Awaab’s parents.

The pair called for the resignation of the rest of RBH’s board and for a law to improve the way complaints are handled.

Mr Gove promised he would withhold funding from any housing association that failed its tenants.

“I’m afraid there are at least tens of thousands of properties that are not in the state they should be,” he told BBC Breakfast.

The Ishaks’ lawyer, Christian Weaver, said Mr Gove had promised to return to Rochdale in six months and to update them on progress. “The family is hopeful and is watching closely for the meaningful changes promised,” he added.

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