I have viewed a 2 bed property recently and decided to go ahead with the flatshare. The current flatmate says that he is the sole tenant on the landlord agreement and that he will be subletting to me, AND that the Landlord has allowed him to do that. Verbally confirmation only. I’m waiting to receive the subletting agreement, in the meantime, could I have some advise on the best way to protect myself and my rights as a subtenant
1. Should I insist to speak to the Landlord, just to prove the fact he is aware? Or is it enough to get the fact his landlord said it’s ok in writing or an email from the head tenant?
2. He requires a deposit, should I insist this be put into a deposit protection scheme or is it safe to pay him directly into his bank account?
3. How best should I pay the rent? Set up regular payments into his bank account, pay the landlord instead?
4. How much protection under the law will I have to get my deposit back, if the Landlord evicts us or the tenant moves out?