Accounts on Solana are considered rent-exempt if they hold at least the cost of their rent for 2 years (based on the size of the account's data).

Is it possible to create an account that's not rent-exempt?

In the program code, I'm calculating rent using the following experiment:

let lamports_required_one_year = (Rent::get()?).due_amount(account_span, 1.0);
let lamports_required_for_exemption = (Rent::get()?).minimum_balance(account_span);

Then I'm hitting the System Program with a CPI using system_instruction::create_account().

I can create an account successfully with lamports_required_for_exemption as the lamports deposited, but if I use lamports_required_one_year I get the following:

Transaction simulation failed: Transaction leaves an account with a lower balance than rent-exempt minimum

You can also throw the same error from the CLI if you try to airdrop less than the rent-exempt amount to a brand new keypair.

So I'm wondering - if this method blocks creation of an account with less than the 2-year exemption requirement, how do you create an account with less than 2 years' of rent?

I'm also curious - since the rent exemption is fairly inexpensive - what is the use case for non-rent-exempt account creation?

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As of the require accounts to be rent-exempt feature activation, no accounts can be created with less rent than the 2 year rent exemption requirement.

All accounts created previous to the feature activation are unaffected.

See the note in the documentation.

  • after it's been created, is it possible to decrease the amount so that it's no longer exempt?
    – coco
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:08
  • No, it is not possible to decrease below rent exemption
    – Jacob Creech
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:10
  • does this mean it's no longer possible to delete accounts? I was under the impression that I just had to transfer all lamports out of the account to "close" it
    – coco
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:39
  • @coco please make this another question. Would be great help for those looking for that answer
    – Jacob Creech
    Jul 26, 2022 at 13:46

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