Is it the end of Chancel Repair Liability?

October 10, 2014 9:05 am

Is it the end of Chancel Repair Liability?

Further to our article of the 5th June advising on Chancel Repair Liability, a Bill with the House of Lords has now been successfully introduced to abolish Chancel Repair Liability.

There have been many concerns raised about owners of affected properties. The Parochial Church councils had until October 2013 to register any liability with the Land Registry.  Campaigners have claimed that this ancient law is affecting the values of property prices and buyers are dissuaded from potential repair costs.

The Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury has brought the first reading forward for this Chancel Repair Bill, being assisted by the National Secular Society.  The Society is running a petition for Chancel Repair Liability to be abolished.  They have said that registration notices have been served on owners of around 12,000 properties, and that many more could be subject to Chancel Repair Liability.  Both the Law Society and Law Commission are among the groups who have recommended the Liability be abolished or the rights in the past to be phased out.

The private members’ bill applies to England only, and it is believed to be a devolved matter.  A second reading of the Bill is to be arranged.

(To read our article dated 5th June click here

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