Okay, here’s the deal. I’m going into the Peace Corps. I was set to leave in early August. My apartment lease ended on June 30, but I am a good renter and all that stuff, so it was easy enough to explain the situation and extend the lease an extra month. I intended to leave my apartment at the end of July, go back to California to spend a week with my family, and then go off to Asia.
Well, that’s not happening. Thanks to my gimpy back, I couldn’t get my medical clearance in time. I’m still planning on going, but I have no idea when my departure date will be. It depends on when the doctors decide I’m medically fit and what’s available at that time, so everything is up in the air.
Back to my apartment. My lease is now up in three weeks. I called my apartment people and, forgetting to be stealthy, explained the whole situation. Apartment lady isn’t particularly sympathetic to my problems and tells me the shortest lease I can sign is six months. It’s possible the Peace Corps won’t have me shipped out by March, but I doubt it. I’d have to break my lease. Now, the deposit they’re holding for me is quite small and I wouldn’t mind taking it as a loss, and I can’t find anything in my lease that says I’d be liable for any other payment, but I’m not a lawyer and I could be misunderstanding it. I don’t like the idea of breaking my lease, but I don’t have lots of options.
I really, really, really don’t want to move for just a few months. I hate apartment hunting, I hate moving, and it’s unlikely I’ll find a reasonably priced apartment to rent on a month to month basis.
I called the Chicago Renters Rights Center just now and left a message asking for advice, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask the Dopers as well. Any thoughts?