Subletting and assignment

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A tenant has the right, with the landlord's written approval, to sublet the rental premises, or assign their interest to another party.

The landlord cannot unreasonably withhold consent or charge for subletting or assignment, except for reasonable expenses in doing so.

To 'sublet' means that a tenant rents out all or part of the premises to someone else, and in effect becomes the landlord to the subtenant. To 'assign' means to transfer a tenancy to someone else.

That does not mean, however, that the original tenant no longer has responsibility for the tenancy. Before subletting or assigning a tenancy, it is advisable to first contact the Tenancies Branch and speak with a Tenancy Officer.