Ive been here for 3 years . He just bought the building 2 months ago . I have a cat and small dog , Its very hard to find a suitable place . Also , I just started a new job after being unemployed for 6 months so money is extremely tight . A new place will cost quite a bit after deposits etc . and to be honest , I just don't have the money . When he bought the building , He said he didn't want me to move out , so I was under the impression that I had no worries about it . I'm looking for a place , but what if I cant get into it until May 1st ? Do I have to live in my car ? What about my stuff ?
This is in Skokie, not Chicago, and so there is no requirement that your landlord give you written notice of intent to not renew a lease that has a specified end date (3-31-2013). In other words, if the lease says it ends 3-31-2013, then that is when it ends, and neither party has to give the other party any notice of intent to not renew. That is, unless your lease says the landlord or tenant must give a written notice of X days to not renew.
Without the landlord's permission, you are a hold over tenant if you stay past the lease expiration. If the landlord accepts your next monthly rent payment, then as the other attorney mentioned, it could just become a month to month rental and there will be no problem. But, if the landlord does not accept your rent the month after your lease ends, they are entitled to refuse it and serve you with a written notice to vacate. If you do not move out after receipt of that notice, in WRITING, you could be considered "willfully holding over" and liable to the landlord for double the monthly rent for your time spent there after the lease ended. That is important to be aware of.
The law about willful holding over and the double-rent penalty appear in the link below, or are found anywhere that publishes the Illinois Compiled Statutes at section 735 ILCS 5/9-202
I agree with the previous answer; try to negotiate a 1-2 month extension with the landlord. The two of you can execute a simple rider to your existing lease stating that there is an extension and any new terms (such as an increase in rent) that will be in place for the length of the extension. Good luck.