Serving an Order of Possession

The successful party will receive an Order of Possession and must serve one to each party named on the order. Use this table to determine whether a method is acceptable and when an order is considered served.

Method

It’s considered received…

Give a copy directly to the person named on the order

Same day

If the order names the landlord, leave a copy with the landlord’s agent (tenants should note the name of the person)

Same day

Leave a copy with an adult (19 years or older) who apparently lives with the tenant (landlords should note the name of the person)

Same day

Send a copy by registered or regular mail to the person’s residential address

5 days later when the person does not say or show that they received it on an earlier date

Leave a copy in a mailbox or mail slot at the address where the person lives (or at the place where the landlord conducts business as a landlord)

3 days later when the person does not say or show that they received it on an earlier date

Attach a copy to the door or other noticeable place at the address where the person lives (or at the place where the landlord conducts business as a landlord)

3 days later when the person does not say or show that they received it on an earlier date

Fax a copy to the service contact number provided

3 days later

In any other way that is ordered by the Residential Tenancy Branch

Determined by the Residential Tenancy Branch

Slide a copy under the person’s door

Not considered served – this is an unacceptable method

Using email or text messaging

Not considered served – this is an unacceptable method

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