Chancel repair liability

May 17 2021 By Mitch Cookney

Chancel repair liability is a medieval anomaly whereby the Church of England was granted powers to charge those owning ‘rectorial land’ (land which used to be owned by a rector) for the upkeep of the chancel of the parish church. This liability for repair of the chancel can be passed on to anyone who owns the land, or the properties built on the land. 

Where a property has been identified as being within a parish that retains the right to charge for such repairs, chancel repair liability insurance can be arranged for both residential or commercial properties. This will cover any contributions towards repairs that are demanded from the insured. 

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