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What you need to know about Chancel Repair Liability now

In two months time a law reform comes into effect which will give comfort to home and land owners worried by the ogre of Chancel Repair Liability, aka CRL  - the idea that you might buy a house and, years later, find that, as its owner, you are liable to pay for repairs to the local parish church. It is another nail in the coffin of an ecclesiastical anachronism which is strangely still common in parts of Europe.

Between 1994 and 2003, the long-running case of the Parish of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley v Wallbank caught the public eye – and the public ire. The liability of Mr and Mrs Wallbank to pay for repairs to their local chancel, whilst historically understandable and legally valid, highlighted the 'silent risk' of CRL: this kind of ancient obligation to pay for repairs didn't even need to be registered on the property's title.

To read the article in full go to Spear's blog

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