A family with a newly born infant can be legally booted out of the house they live in (their home) with less than a month's notice regardless of whether they have somewhere to go or not after signing a contract in good faith for exclusive use for a year, simply because the landlord wants to sell it, or let a family member use it ...
In my view, elements of the Irish rental business are very much not in favour of long term tenancies and I think those elements are cultural rather than legislative. For example, I'd like more freedom on the decoration front.
However, the above comment regarding the breakage of a clause is not, as I understand it, necessarily true. If you have signed a fixed term lease without a break clause then I don't think it's that easy for a landlord to invoke breaking the lease using any of the excuses offered for breaking a part VI lease.
There is provision in the legislation for both parties being able to exit the lease within 6 months of its being signed at 28 days's notice but I don't believe it's been tested in court as to whether that over-rides the provisions in a fixed term lease for the term actually being fixed. My understanding was a fixed term lease was a fixed term lease and could not be exited by either party with the exception that the tenant has the right to assign the lease and can exit the lease if the landlord refuses the assignment unless the lease also included a break clause. In my experience, Irish landlords do not generally agree to break clauses.
In my view, sale of the property and transfer to family member should be excluded as reasons for which a landlord can terminate a Part VI. I suspect if houses could not be traded easily because they had tenants in them, they might not necessarily have been traded for capital appreciation so much during the bubble period.
Prior to 2004, one of my leases had a clause concerning the de facto renewal of said lease if neither party issued a desire not
to renew the lease. This bit my landlord on the leg at the time as he tried to convince me I didn't have a lease and therefore had no rights so here is 2 weeks notice I want to sell.
The issue I have with the Irish rental market is that in many respects, it's just not that flexible. Fixed term leases without break clauses, for example are unbelievably common and this is to the detriment of both parties.