Chancel Repair Liability
Indemnity from the liability to contribute towards the repair of the chancel of a parish church
The upkeep of a parish church chancel - the space around an altar - has been the responsibility of landowners since Henry VIII disbanded monasteries in the 16th century.
Chancel repair liability is a legal obligation on some property owners in England and Wales to pay for certain repairs to a church, which may or may not be the local parish church.
Where people own property within land that was once rectorial, their property may be subject to a potential ancient liability to contribute towards the repair of the chancel of a parish church, whether such liability is registered against the Land Registry title or not.
A Chancel Repair Indemnity will respond to a demand for payment from the Church.
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