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You say the corporation assigned the lease. An assignment generally means that the new tenant steps into the place of the original tenant and the original tenant has no further involvement with the lease. Most leases prohibit assignments without the approval of the landlord. If the tenant allows another to occupy the premises then it is generally a sublease where the original tenant remains liable on the lease. What you have to say is what exactly were the terms of the transfer from the corporation to the new tenant and whether the corporation had the power to do the transfer under the terms of the original lease?
This sounds like a subtenancy not an assignment. Under a subtenancy, the principal tenant, the corporation, remains liable on the lease with the landlord. Only if the landlord specifically relieves the corporation of this liability will the corporation not be liable. From your post it appears no such release was provided and for this reason, the corporation will be liable for the unpaid rent if the occupant leaves and stops paying.
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