If your building is in Chicago and is covered by the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO), then this situation is specifically addressed in Section 5-12-110.
This section states that if there is an infestation you may deliver a 14 day notice to the landlord, giving him that time to correct the problem. If the problem is not then corrected, you will be able to legally break the lease.
I don't recommend doing this on your own. It is important to get the assistance of an attorney who handles landlord tenant issues to properly deliver the notice and help you break the lease.
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You may have a basis for breaking your lease but you should consult with an attorney who handles landlord problems. You might be able to locate some online help, but there is no substitution for an in-person discussion. Special laws apply to Chicago landlords and leases.Ask a similar question
One good resource for Chicago tenants who are eligible is the Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing. There are other resources as well that may help you in your efforts to break your lease or negotiate an early termination of the lease, or obtain alternative housing.
As has been stated, Chicago has a strong ordinance protecting tenant's rights.
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