What is Chancel Repair?

Published: 13th January, 2016

If land is subject to chancel repair liability, the owner is obliged to contribute towards repairs to the chancel of a medieval church. Although the liability dates back to medieval law, it attaches to former rectorial land. This land is likely to have been divided up into numerous parcels and, therefore, the liability could affect a property that you are buying.

It is important to note that if your property is subject to chancel repair liability, you could be liable for the entire cost of repairing the chancel of the church. The Parochial Church Council (PCC), which is now responsible for the upkeep of the parish church, does not have to divide the liability between all owners of land which is subject to the liability.