What is the difference between assigning and subletting?
Assigning means you are moving out and you find a new tenant to take over your place and replace your name on the lease; you assign your place. You do not have the right to move back in later. You are not responsible for the rent or any damages once the assignment takes effect.
If you want to leave your place for a while and then move back in later, you might be able to sublet to someone else while you are gone.
Subletting means that you remain in a rental agreement with your landlord, but you have a sub-agreement with another person. You have the right to move back in at the end of the sublet. You remain responsible for covering the rent and any damages, i.e. if the subletter does not pay you or cover the cost of any damages.
Tenants must get the landlord’s permission to assign or sublet their place.
Currently registered students who are looking to sublet or assign their place can place one free ad with our Housing Finder.