704. Parsonage houses.

Where a dwelling house belongs to an ecclesiastical benefice1 for the occupation of the incumbent, the premises are outside the Rent Acts. There is no statutory provision giving effect to this exemption but it has been held that owing to the special legislation to which such dwellings are subject, the Rent Acts must be excluded as they conflict with the special legislation2.

Once it has been decided that a parsonage house is outside the Rent Acts, it is immaterial for what purpose possession is sought, so the proposition is not limited to cases where possession is required only for the