DILAPIDATIONS, ACTION FOR

DILAPIDATIONS, ACTION FOR

dilapidations, action for (d[schwa]-lap-[schwa]-day-sh[schwa]nz). Hist. An action brought by a new incumbent of a benefice for damages rising from the disrepair of the houses or buildings on the benefice. ? The incumbent ¡ª whether of a rectory, a vicarage, or a chapel ¡ª sued the executors or administrators of the incumbent’s deceased predecessor (who was not liable for the disrepairs while living). The incumbent of a benefice was bound to maintain the parsonage, farm buildings, and chancel in good and substantial repair, restoring and rebuilding when necessary, according to the original plan. But the incumbent did not have to supply or maintain anything in the nature of ornament.
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