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Chicago, Illinois - 10 years ago I signed a lease on an apartment for 1 year with a security deposit. At the end of the lease I was never asked to sign a new lease and the rent has not changed for 10 years. (During the 10 years there was never any painting/carpet cleaning/interior maintenance-other than what was asked for/nor any notice of any problems). Six months ago I let my adult son take over the apartment with an adult male room-mate and gave a note to the landlord stating that the boys would be paying the rent and that I would leave the security deposit in place for them. I also stated that if they wanted a new lease signed it would be ok (even warned the boys there may be a rent increase) and that I would await their decision. Having never heard from the landlord I presumed everything was ok. Last week a note was slipped under the door stating that the young men had till the end of the month to vacate the apartment. I guess my question is: would it be a safe assumption that the original lease automatically renewed each April for the last 10 years and what are the rights of the two young men now renting the apartment? Also, am I legally involved in this in any way?



YES YOU ARE LEGALLY still the tenant ON THE LEASE....

And any and all damages your boys make including NOT being out by June 30th, is YOUR responsiblity since you are still on the lease.

And what makes you think the lease renews every year? Did you ever read your lease? NO it goes month to month 30 days notice THATS ALL!

And what right do you have to let you son and a roomate into that apartment......HUH>? ......

If you want your son to move into an apartment YOU HAVE TO OWN THE BUILDING!

So the landlord is being very very nice about this...so DONT SCREW IT UP!

[Edited by dj1 on 06-04-2001 at 07:38 PM]


Hello ca1020

Absolutely Amazing! You signed a lease agreement 10 years ago??? For 1 year and...Never had a rent increase??? Never asked to sign a new lease ever??? For 10 years???

dj1 is almost totally correct on every point. Be nice and don't screw this up! You have lived there almost totally unnoticed for 9 additional years without all the above happening! AMAZING!...:D

Those two young men have no rights. I suggest you abide by the landlords request and very quickly and quitely move out on the date requested and exactly on time and as requested.

Keep in mind, loose lips sink ships! Say NOTHING!


Just Curious

What kind of tenancy would this be considered? Since a lease was signed for the first year and none after that.. would you consider her a year to year tenant since she was there for 9 years with NO change to the first lease? Or would you somehow consider her a month to month tenant for 108 months with NO change to the original lease?


Whatever the lease says.......

some leases automaticaly renew every year, but 99% DONT and turn into a month to month lease....

so yes it was a 108 month to month leases

And in the 109th month the landlord decided to change the terms....no problem here.

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