Ambler added that consumers had no recourse to the law if they encountered serious problems after buying their home. She said: "The whole system is unregulated by the government and exempt from normal trading standards."
Inspector Home has catalogued numerous cases where new homes have been affected by serious faults and a poor after-sales service.
Marion Roe, Conservative MP for Broxbourne, who is supporting the petition's proposals, said she was surprised to hear about the lack of legislative protection for homebuyers in this sector of the housing market.
Many people encounter serious problems after buying a house, yet the law does not adequately cover them
Marion Roe MP