Action For Dilapidations Law and Legal Definition

Action For Dilapidations is a tort action brought by a new incumbent of a benefice for the disrepair of the houses or buildings on the benefice. The incumbent, whether of a rectory, a vicarage, or a chapel sued the executors or administrators of the incumbent's deceased predecessor (who was not liable 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 need not supply or maintain anything in the nature of ornament.