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Chancel Repair Liability - the end of an era

April 2013

The government has announced that from the 14 October 2013 purchasers of property will not be liable for chancel repair costs unless the Chancel Repair Liability (CRL) is registered against the title of the property at the Land Registry. Hooray, this has caused aggravation for years.

CRL is a long standing legally enforceable liability to repair or contribute to the cost of repairing the chancel of the local parish church (the chancel usually being the eastern most part). This has existed since Henry VIII destroyed our monasteries when large areas of land passed from ownership by rectories to the people. So, when a person acquires land to which CRL is attached, that person becomes liable to the local Parochial Church Council.