Which deposits do not need to be protected?

Your deposit does not need to be protected if:

  • It was paid before 1 April 2013.
  • It is a fee farm grant;
  • It is on a tenancy for a term certain exceeding 99 years, unless that tenancy is, or may become, terminable before the end of that term by notice given to the tenant;
  • A tenancy the purpose of which is to confer on the tenant the right to occupy a dwelling-house for a holiday;
  • It is a tenancy under which the estate of the landlord belongs to -

(i) the Crown (whether in right of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom or in Northern Ireland);
(ii) a government department;
(iii) the Executive;
(iv) a registered housing association;
(v) or is held in trust for Her Majesty for the purposes of a government department.


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