973. Tenancies protected.

Protection is given1 to any long tenancy2 at a low rent3 which is still subject to the Rent Act protection provided by Part I of the Landlord and Tenant Act 19544, and as respects which for the time being the qualifying condition5 is fulfilled6.

At any time before, but not more than 12 months before, the term date7 application may be made to the court8 as respects any long tenancy at a low rent, not being at the time of the application a tenancy as respects which the qualifying condition is fulfilled, for an order declaring that the tenancy is