A Bill to reform and update the law on mobile homes has passed a major hurdle after being voted through its second reading by MPs, including the Isle of Wight's representative.
The Mobile Homes Bill includes propsals to allow the sale of mobile homes to be in the control of the occupier, not the owner of the site.
Andrew Turner said that the Bill would be of particular relief to people on sites on the Isle of Wight who have had sales blocked.
In the Westminster debate, Mr Turner said: "People have come over to the Island specifically to block sales of park homes and sites. Most owners set sensible limits, such as restricting parks to over-60s, but does my hon. Friend believe that protecting the rights of mobile home owners will prevent sale blocking by rogue site owners?"
In response, MP Peter Aldous who is behind the Mobile Homes Bill assured Mr Turner that it would address those concerns. He added: "A particular feature of the sector is that most residents are elderly and often vulnerable, with approximately 70% being over the age of 70. At present, they face a confusing array of laws and regulations that offer little or no protection. The existing legislative framework is flawed and has many loopholes that enable unscrupulous site owners unfairly to take advantage of residents."
It is estimated that around 160,000 people live in 85,000 park homes on 2,000 estates across the country. The unopposed Bill is now expected to progress through the system.