When I arrived in January, I rented a room in an apartment, but I did not sign a contract with the main tenant. I was due to pay my rent on the 2nd of every month. From my research, it seems that therefore we have a periodic tenancy.
A month ago, I decided to move out and gave the main tenant my notice (around the 15th Feb). We first disagreed on the month notice meaning: I thought he meant that I was paying until the 15th of March but he actually meant that I was supposed to pay until the 2nd of April. We agreed that I was going to pay until the 15th of March. In the meantime, I said to him that he could start the visit of the apartment if we wanted to and I was flexible on the dates, meaning I could move out earlier (On the 2nd of March).
The main tenant then let me know that he has found someone ready to move in for two weeks from the 2nd of March and asking me if I was still going to make the payment from the 2nd of March until the 15th March. At first, I say yes, but then I realised that he was actually asking me to pay for a place where I am not going to have the keys anymore and won’t have access to the room. The main tenant strongly disagree with me and said that I am liable to pay until the 15th of March, no matter what and no matter if new tenants have moved in until the 2nd of April.
To sum up, it seems to me that the main tenant is double renting the place, which, to me seems not very legal.
I would be very grateful if someone could provide me with advice and, more importantly, with the relevant law that protects me (or him) as there is no contract to guide us,