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A legal Conveyancing nightmare was finally over this week, for a couple forced to auction their home to pay for repairs to their local church, for which they were responsible under an arcane law known as Chancel Repair liability. 

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A couple who are being forced to sell their home because of an ancient law requiring them to pay for major repairs to the chancel of their local church has highlighted the liabilities homeowners can take on.  

Any property might have chancel repair liability attached to it. Such liability can often be onerous and will affect the owner and any mortgagor of the property.  

Chancel search: Could you be made to pay for repairs at your local church?  

CHANCEL REPAIR LIABILITY - WALLBANKS FORCED TO (SELL) THEIR PROPERTY  Don't let the medieval chancel repair liability law catch you (or your firm's PI insurance) or your clients out! The Wallbanks are auctioning the property they own with chancel repair liability in orde...

The sad plight of a couple forced to sell their home in the face of a £230,000 bill for the repair of a nearby church highlights the risk of buying a property without sound legal advice, according to B P Collins property partner Michael Larcombe.  

A couple, forced to sell their family farmhouse after an ancient law left them liable for repairs at their local church, are facing financial ruin.  

Link: A couple in Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire, have been forced to sell their farm to pay off a quarter of a million in legal bills and a £230,000 repair bill for a property not eve...
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