Chancel Repair Liability Report - Do you know the facts?

Posted: 19/06/2012

Do you know what a Chancel Repair Liability Report is, what its used for and why it is so important to have one carried out when your purchasing a property?

No need to worry, all the answers can be found and explained below courtesy of Pali.

What is Chancel Repair Liability?

Chancel Repair Liability is a law dating back to medieval times when the country was under the reign of Henry VIII. Chancel Repair Liability was the monarch's decision to dissolve the monasteries when he made himself the supreme head of the Church of England in 1534 and he imposed that churches were to be maintained by wealthy land owners. Since then, the large estates of land have been broken down and developed into multiple private residences, however the Chancel Repair Liability, in many instances, has been passed down to the new properties.

What is a Chancel Repair Liability Report?

A Chancel Repair Liability Report is designed to find out if the owner of a property is liable to pay for repair on churches. Around 5,200 of churches in England and Wales are subject to receive Chancel Repair Liability and an estimated 40% of all the land in England and Wales is Chancel land however, there is no central register to identify the affected properties.

Why Purchase a ChancelCheck report from Pali?

If you purchase a property without carrying out a Chancel Repair Liability Report, you could end up having to pay for repairs to churches in your area. The bill could run into tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds however, the actual amount you would have to pay cannot be calculated until the repairs are carried out and their costs established.

What is a ChancelCheck?

A ChancelCheck is the report provided by Pali that identifies potential Chancel Repair Liability for property owners.

Common misconceptions about Chance Repair Liability

> Only older properties can be affected – this is a common misconception as new properties built on Chancel land will still be liable to pay for repairs on local churches.

> Welsh properties are no affected – Chancel Repair Liability affects properties in both England and Wales.

> The Property needs to be close to a property – this is incorrect as Chancel land can effect properties that are not near a church.

> Chancel Repair Liability Reports is an unnecessary search – this is a false statement because Chancel land can be found anywhere in England and Wales. How are you supposed to know if you will be liable to pay for church repairs if you do not have a ChancelCheck carried out?

If you would like to order or find out more information about a ChancelCheck from Pali, you can call us on 0151 691 1170 or email

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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