Although most churches are owned by the Representative Body, other types of property such as church halls, parsonages and curate houses, can be of mixed ownership. Many houses for example, are held in trust by the Representative Body for the benefit of parishes. This means that the parish is still responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the property but any revenues from sales or lettings, would normally go to them. See Sales & Lettings for more information.
Parsonage Houses Held for the Benefit of Parishes
Where a house is held by the Representative Body in trust for the benefit of a parish, it may be used to house a cleric in that parish. In this situation, the house is accepted into the Parsonage Board Scheme and repairs are undertaken and financed in the same way as for any other parsonage. See Parsonages and Curate Houses for general information.
If improvements are required for a house in the Parsonage Board Scheme that is held in trust for a parish, they have the option of meeting the cost directly (perhaps through a loan from the Diocesan Board of Finance) or through the Diocesan Parsonage Board Improvement Fund with the agreement of the Representative Body. This can either be on a loan basis from the fund, to be repaid by the parish within an agreed timescale, or treated as a financial interest in the property, deductable from the proceeds of any sales and returned to the fund. Any improvements and costs would need to be agreed in advance with the Parsonage Board and works overseen by the Inspector to ensure they meet appropriate standards.
Works that include an element of both repair and improvement, and will increase the value of a property, are apportioned accordingly by the Representative Body and will need to be negotiated beforehand.