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Important changes to Chancel Repair Liability regulation

The rules affecting Chancel Repair Liability will change on 13th October this year and affect those buying and selling properties.

Chancel Repair Liability (CRL) is a liability on some property owners in England and Wales to fund repairs to their local church.

When buying a property, it is common practice to instruct solicitors to check whether the local parish includes a church where such liabilities apply.

It may then be necessary to take out chancel liability insurance.

Chancel repair liability is currently enforceable whether the property owners are aware of its existence or not.

From 13th October this will change meaning property buyers will only be liable for repairs if they are given notice of the liability before they buy.

However, if CRL is not registered by midnight on 12th October, the liability is still enforceable against the current owners until they decide to sell.

A buyer will be free from the liability if it has still not been registered at the point of completion.

Conveyancers, property sellers and buyers must be aware that a Parochial Church Council could step in and register a liability before completion of a sale.

Harvey Harding, head of private client services at PM Law, said: “The new regulations could affect all parties involved in the sale and purchase of land or a property.

“Our CQS accredited property team can ensure there is no sting in the tail for property buyers in relation to Chancel Repair Liability.”

For any legal assistance regarding the purchase or sale of a property, call PM Law solicitors in Sheffield on 0114 296 5444.

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