There are several important deadlines to be aware of if you are thinking of applying for dispute resolution, or have already submitted an application.
For all deadlines, it is important to take into account how you will be serving (delivering) the documents. The deadlines listed below describe when the RTB and your landlord must receive your documents. Different methods of service are allowed for different documents, and each method has its own timeline for when the documents are considered to be received.
Please review our page on Serving Documents to make sure you understand how you can deliver documents, and when the other party will receive them.
Definition of days: All deadlines below are calculated in calendar days (meaning weekends and holidays included), unless it specifically states that it is business days.
- 10 day notice for non-payment of rent or utilities – 5 days
- One month notice for cause or end of employment – 10 days
- Two month notice for landlord or purchaser use of property – 15 days
- 12 month notice to convert a manufactured home park – 15 days
If the last day to dispute a notice to end tenancy falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, the deadline is the following day.
Generally, you have 2 years from the date that your tenancy ends to apply for dispute resolution.
You must serve your landlord with the notice of hearing and any evidence that was submitted you’re your application within 3 days of receiving your hearing package from the Residential Tenancy Branch.
A cross application for a counterclaim must be submitted to the RTB and received by the other party at least 14 days before the hearing. You are also required to submit all evidence at the time of the cross application.
The applicant should submit their evidence with the application, if possible. If that is not possible, both the RTB and the respondent must receive all evidence no later than 14 days before the hearing. If the respondent can prove that the applicant delayed in submitting evidence, the arbitrator may refuse to consider it.
The respondent should also submit their evidence as soon as possible. At the latest, both the RTB and the applicant must receive all of the respondent’s evidence no later than 7 days before the hearing. If the applicant can prove that the respondent delayed in submitting their evidence, the arbitrator may refuse to consider it.
If you need to make a change to an application that you have already submitted, both the RTB and your landlord must receive the amended copy of your application and all new evidence at least 14 days before the hearing.
If both the landlord and tenant agree to reschedule a hearing, the RTB must receive their written request by 12:00pm at least 3 business days before the hearing.
If your landlord does not agree to reschedule the hearing, and you will be unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances beyond your control, you can submit a written request to postpone the hearing at least 3 business days before the hearing. The RTB will decide whether or not to postpone.
If you are unable to submit a written request before the hearing, you can have someone else attend the hearing for you to request that the hearing be adjourned. The arbitrator will make a decision, and may choose to proceed with the hearing.
The arbitrator must make a decision within 30 days of the hearing, although this usually happens much faster.
There are different deadlines depending on what the decision was about. There is a $25 fee to apply, unless you had your fee waived for the original hearing.
- Notice to end tenancy for non-payment of rent or utilities
- Early end to tenancy
- Order of Possession
- Landlord withholding consent to sublet or assign unit
- Notice to end tenancy for any reason other than
- non-payment of rent or utilities
- Repairs and Maintenance
- Terminating or restricting services or facilities
- Any other matter
60 days from the date the decision was issued (not the date you receive it).