When is your lease up? Have you read the lease, is there an option wiht notification to the landlord?
I would suggest that you continue your due diligence and take steps in looking at home ownership. Speak to a Realtor and a Mortgage Rep to see what you can afford, get a preapproval... get the basics and if that all works, review your current lease and see what the penalties are, if there are any.
Most landlords will understand when a tenant is looking to purchase a home. But, be prepared in advance and give it a shot!
Email or call to discuss further or need a mortgage rep to speak with!
Review your lease to see if you can break your lease without any penalty. After you review your lease talk to your landlord and let him know you want to buy a home and let him know you will cooperate with him in allowing potential tenants to see your home to assist him in finding another tenant. He may work with you if he sees you are considerate of his position.
All the best,
Sometimes, it's just best to wait till you get towards the end of your lease to start looking. Then, you can get the timing down perfectly. Just let your realtor know when your lease ends and schedule your closing for a week before.