The Property Department is responsible for the inspection, repair and maintenance, acquisition and disposal of the diocesan housing stock.

In 2013 we took responsibility for 300 clergy houses, carrying out 55 quinquennial inspections, and carried out major improvements on 20 buildings. 

Through an ongoing programme of improvement, the vast majority of vicarages now have loft and cavity insulation. We strive to keep maintenance costs down, and have encouraged competitive tendering to achieve this.

The department also supervises emergency repairs and security work to redundant churches.

Inspection of houses

The Property department is responsible for the inspection of the diocesan houses. This is done through the quinquennial inspection scheme, houses are also inspected at vacancy and prior to occupation and if any major faults are found in the interim. Working within strict budgetary constraints, every effort is made to ensure our properties are kept in a good state of repair. Ongoing maintenance includes an annual gas safety inspection and quinquennial electrical inspection. The refurbishment and improvement of houses is, whenever possible, undertaken during vacancies but in conjunction with the incoming occupants and Church Wardens.