Best of luck,
The signed leased by both parties is a binding real estate contract between both parties and subject to the provisions and terms of the lease. Your friend should not break his lease unless the landlord is willing to let him out his lease in writing without any financial obligation. Remember a lease is a contract with a promise to pay according to the terms of the lease. Unless the landlord lets your friend out of the lease in writing not holding him to his financial subject by the lease, I personally would go the term of the lease.
30 days prior to the lease ending the landlord can present your friend with a new lease with a rent increase. In this case all parties have to agree and sign the new lease according to the terms. If the landlord wished not to extend a new lease to your friend and wants your friend to vacate the apartment the landlord must give him 30 days notice prior to the end of the lease. If none of the above has happened the terms are now month to month at the rate of the original lease. Each party is now subject to other giving a 30 day notice of their intentions.
All around it sounds like a bad situation and much for friendship. Remember the Chicago Tenant Ordinance favors the tenant. Your friend can call (312) 742-7368 and someone is housing can further advise him of his rights as a tenant.
Best of luck to your friend,
Manuel Brown, Broker
No one on this site can give legal advise. That is what should be considered at this time. The actual lease needs to be reviewed to see how this event can unfold.
Certainly the cooperation of the tenant is required for the landlord to show the property. The tenant
could asked to be home during showings, The tenant can also ask for only certain days of the
week be ready for showings, if the relationship between tenant and landlord are good, then they
should come to a good agreement that does not require for the tenant to be ready for showings
7 days a week from morning till evening.....
I usually found that showings need to get confirmed by the tenant, and when a tenant is in the unit
I usually request for showings a 24 hr advance notice, or in the listing sheet it will say only showings
on Tuesday and Thursdays from ...... till ...... and Saturdays from ........... to ..............
Or anything else that is acceptable to both sides. Ok the lease goes till March 1st, 2013 that should
not be an issue, then look at the lease, what does it say about extension, and raise of rent. If in
doubt show it to a real estate attorney to understand. But the terms for rent raise and extension
of lease should be clarified.
Good Luck... If you need the recommendation of a real estate attorney to review your lease
agreement and get advice, let me know.
Good luck to you.
Hope this helps...
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If so, check it and see how showings are handled while property is on the market and lease is still in effect.
If tenant does not want to pay more in rent, then plans should be made to move out at the end of the lease.
Landlord Tenants Ordinance rights state up to 60 days prior to lease expiration landlord has the right to list and show unit the with a 48 hour notice to tenants.
You can go to the city of Chicago website and find the landlord tenants ordinance rights act. Or click here: http://www.tenants-rights.org/residential-landlord-tenant-or
Read sections 5-12-150 and 4-12-160.