Amend or Update an Application
If related disputes come up between the parties while waiting for a hearing, or the amount of a monetary claim has changed, the applicant may be able to amend their application by adding or removing claims from it.
An application can be amended as long as all the respondents and the Residential Tenancy Branch receive copies of the Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution (PDF) and all supporting evidence not less than 14 days before the dispute resolution hearing.
An applicant needs to:
- Complete an Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution (PDF).
- File the completed Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution form and supporting evidence with the Residential Tenancy Branch directly or through a Service BC office.
- Provide each respondent with copies of all evidence to support the amendment at the same time as you provide the Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution. This must be served in the same manner as an application for dispute resolution. Learn more about serving notices for dispute resolution.
- Be prepared to prove that you served each respondent with the Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution and supporting evidence.
Amended applications can be mailed or faxed to the appropriate number on the Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution if an applicant is unable to visit a Residential Tenancy Branch office or Service BC location in person.
Amending an Application at the Hearing
An Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution is not required in circumstances that can reasonably be anticipated, such as when the amount of rent owing has increased. In these cases, the application may be amended at the hearing.
When calculating the due date, do not count:
- The day a person, business or the Residential Tenancy Branch receives the documents
- The day of the hearing
If the last possible day for the Amendment to an Application for Dispute Resolution to be received falls on a day that a business is not open, the last possible day becomes the next day that the business is open.
The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: November 9, 2016.