Fixed Term Tenancy

A fixed term tenancy is one that lasts for a specific amount of time as specified in the tenancy agreement or lease.

Fixed Term Tenancy 

A fixed term tenancy is one that lasts for a specific amount of time as specified in the tenancy agreement or lease. 

A fixed term tenancy is a tenancy that lasts for a specific amount of time. 

A ‘Part 4’ tenancy runs alongside a fixed term tenancy, which means the tenant shall, after a period of 6 months occupation, become entitled to the provisions of a ‘Part 4’ tenancy. 

This means that irrespective of the length of the fixed term lease, a tenant has an entitlement to remain in the dwelling for the duration of the ‘Part 4’ tenancy* and the landlord can only terminate the tenancy on limited grounds. 

* The duration of a ‘Part 4’ tenancy is dependenton when the tenancy began. 

Click here to see the reasons a landlord can end a fixed-term tenancy. 

 Once a tenant has been in occupation for a continuous period of 6 months (and a valid Notice of Termination has not been served), for tenancies that began;  

  • on/after 11 June 2022, the ‘Part 4’ period extends for an unlimited duration.  
  • on/after 24 December 2016, the ‘Part 4’ period extends for a further 5 and a half years.
  • before 24 December 2016, the Part 4 period extends for a further 3 and a half years.  

Tenancies that existed prior to 11 June 2022 will convert to Tenancies of Unlimited Duration at the end of the current 6-year cycle. 

Tenancies that existed prior to 11 June 2022 will convert to Tenancies of Unlimited Duration at the end of the current 6-year cycle. 

Click here for further information on the duration of ‘Part 4’ tenancies. 

A ‘winter emergency period’, following the enactment of The Residential Tenancies (Deferment of Termination Dates of Certain Tenancies) Act 2022 on 29 October 2022 means certain tenancies which were due to come to an end between 30 October 2022 and 31 March 2023 will have the tenancy end date deferred. If the above protections mean a tenant gets to stay in the rented property for longer than 6 months, the tenant will not acquire Part 4 tenancy rights. Please click here to read more