My apologies for the wait.
On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is a "mixed news" answer.
First of all, understand that the landlord does not have to
renew the lease once it expires, regardless of whether or not they have a reason to do so. Just like you can choose whether or not to renew if the landlord offers it, the landlord may choose to renew or not. In other words, the contract
ENDS at the time the lease ends. You cannot make
the landlord resign the lease because both parties have to agree to renew the contract.
Now if you simply continue living there, you will have a month to month lease by default under 765 ILCS 705
. But, he can simply give you a month's notice to terminate, then.
Someone in your situation may
have recourse, but it is not 100% solid. This is called promissory estoppel
"A promise which the promisor should reasonably expect to induce action or forbearance of a definite and substantial character on the part of the promisee and which does induce such action or forbearance is binding if injustice can be avoided only by enforcement of the promise." This is generally referred to as the doctrine of promissory estoppel. Bank of Marion v. Robert" Chick" Fritz, Inc., 311 NE 2d 138 - Ill: Supreme Court 1974
citing Second Restatement.
In other words, if he has stated that you can live there for as long as you want, and you REASONABLY RELIED ON THIS and passed up other opportunities, then this may buy you some time. Is this a solid argument? Not really, I am afraid. This is because a Court would state "well, what opportunities did you pass up, exactly?"
However, it may be used as a way to "scare" him into agreeing for another term of lease, stating that unless he does, you may fight the matter under promissor estoppel claim/affirmative defense
. But, let us hope that he buys the threat and resigns the lease, because if he does not, you have little other options, I am afraid.
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