Search for Chancel Repair Liability with ChancelCheck®

Chancel repair liability is a medieval law that still affects us today, potentially forcing innocent homeowners to pay for the repairs to their parish church, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

The ancient law dates back to the reign of Henry VIII, who (as a result of his argument with the Pope) set about dissolving the monasteries. The monasteries owned vast tracts of land which included rectorial land. As church or rectorial lands passed in to private hands, so too did the responsibility for upkeep of the Chancel (the eastern part of the church including the altar and the choir). Even though the lay of the land has changed over the years, chancel repair liability still exists, regardless of whether or not the liability is noted against the title, making the prospective risk unquantifiable!


What is a ChancelCheck® Search?

A ChancelCheck® search is a unique, instant, low cost screening report designed to identify whether your property is in an area where there is a potential to charge for repairs to the parish church chancel.

Common misconceptions

  • Chancel repair liability only affects older houses.
  • Only properties that are close to churches are affected.
  • I don’t use the local church so I won’t be expected to contribute to the upkeep of the chancel.
  • Chancel repair liability ended on the 13th October 2013.
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ChancelCheck® Search - £20.00 + VAT

  • Available for residential and commercial properties.
  • Available to order 24 hours a day.
  • Uses a simple, easy-to-use ordering system.
  • Results are delivered instantly via email.


If the property falls within a parish that does not have the ability to claim for chancel repair liability, the search will come back as Certificate.

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If the property falls within a parish that has the ability to claim for chancel repair liability, the property has a potential liability and the search will come back as a Report.

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