Breaking a lease that hasn't started yet
I have been a tenant in my building in Chicago for 12 years. Having lost a job in January I was not going to sign a new lease that begins on May 1st, 2009. I got a new job and thought it would be safe to sign a new lease in Feb. One week later that new job didn't work out. I notified my building owner on April 4th that I would not be staying after all. Because I signed a new lease they are trying to get 4 months rent from me to terminate early. It's part of a rider that I signed. Question being, the new lease has not started yet, I will be out by the end of the April which is the end of my current lease. Can they still come after me for breaking a lease that hasn't started yet??