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Chancel repair: the risk lives on

Instead of abolishing chancel repair liability law, parliament has chosen to perpetuate the risk for homebuyers and their lawyers, says Liverpool solicitor Daphne Bridson

20 September 2013

On the face of it, forthcoming changes to the archaic chancel repair liability (CRL) law will bring an end to the need to advise clients to run a check when purchasing a property.

But the government has actually chosen not to end the 500-year-old law altogether, allowing churches to continue claiming if they register an interest before 12 October. 
This means solicitors still 
need to explain to homebuyers that a chancel repair liability search must be carried out. 
It is a difficult situation for solicitors caused by parliament's reluctance to sever a potential funding stream for 
ageing churches.

With so much talk about the looming deadline, it is easy to see how many homeowners may believe that CRL is no longer a concern. But churches, aware of the future need for financial assistance for major repair work to the chancel area of the parish church, are likely to register to ensure they can make claims in future.

CRL allows chu...

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