My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Illinois
I am currently getting divorced. My husband and I's year to year lease ends august 9th. I asked my husband to give notice that we were leaving. He spoke to the landlord. I did not speak to him once. My husband said they said I could stay on a month to month if I could. I was planning on doing so until the divorce got ugly, my husband is taking everything. I have been taking sole care of our son with no child support for a month. He quit his job and stopped paying me in June. I had to take a pay cut at work because he refused to let me use his 2 cars.
After finding out over this weekend I would be taking a pay cut, I knew I would no longer be able to afford this place. I have to give my son to my husband because I cannot take him where I am going to live now. I called my landlord today (the soonest possible time to reach him on a business day after finding out I could not do a month to month). He said that, I am locked in for next month on a month to month and that I have to pay him rent. That I am the only one responsible for getting the carpets cleaned, etc.
So basically, he's saying, my soon to be ex husband, locked me into a month to month agreement, without speaking to me, the landlord never spoke to me personally. My ex also told him he would be 100% paying me $1000 a month in child support (the rent is $685), so even if I had problems with my job (which I just started after taking care of my son and only doing that for 2 years) I would still have rent money. My husband quit his job two weeks later. I was never asked about this, I was never told it was a thing I agreed to. My landlord did not call me and ask me directly once. As far as I knew I needed to give him notice (which I still can and am going to do) and then the lease was over and I could agree to a month to month. I have not signed anything other than our original lease.
I guess my questions are,
Can he do this?
Is this legal?
What can I do about it?
What kind of lawyer should I contact?