How to Complete a Paper Application for Dispute Resolution

Follow these tips and suggestions to ensure that your Application for Dispute Resolution is completed properly – any mistakes could cause delays.

The Law

Check the box at the top of the application that corresponds to the legislation related to your dispute:

Rental unit: If your dispute is about a rental unit or property (e.g. a house, condo or apartment), the application is being made under the Residential Tenancy Act (External Link).

Manufactured home park: If your dispute is about a manufactured home site (e.g. a mobile home park), the application is being made under the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act (External Link).

Names and Contact Information

When entering the applicant and respondent information, be sure to provide FULL legal names and mailing address (including postal codes). Also include any phone numbers you know of – home, cell or business.

If you need to provide information for:

A business: Enter the full legal business name in the ‘last name’ field on the form.

More than one applicant or respondent: Enter each name separately (e.g., John Smith and Mary Smith, rather than John and Mary Smith). If there are more than two applicants or more than two respondents, file a Schedule of Parties (PDF) with your application.

Dispute Address

Enter the address of the rental unit or manufactured home site in question.

Nature of the Dispute

On the second page of the application, check the items that relate to your claim. Use the “Other” category to identify a claim that isn’t listed and describe your claim on a separate page.

Details of the dispute: In this section of the application, write a few sentences to describe the problem. Include any dates, times, people or other information that describes how the problem came up. Attach a separate sheet if you need more space – remember to sign and number any additional pages.

Here are a few scenarios to give you an idea of how to complete this part of the application:

  • A landlord who wants to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent would check the box: “Obtain an Order of Possession of the rental unit or site”. In the “Details of the Dispute” section, they would enter the reason for ending the tenancy and when the Notice to End Tenancy was served.
  • A tenant who wants to stop a landlord’s eviction for unpaid rent, would check the box “Unpaid rent or utilities” under the “Cancel a Notice to End Tenancy” heading. In the “Details of the Dispute” section, they would enter the reason they’re disputing the notice and when they received the Notice to End Tenancy.

Recover filing fee: If you want the respondent to reimburse your application fee, check the box: “Recover filing fee from the tenant / landlord for the cost of this application.”

Monetary orders: Applications that include monetary items like unpaid rent or claims for damages need to include a list of individual items being claimed, their associated dollar amounts and a total for all items. Do this in the “Details of the Dispute” section of the application or use the Monetary Order Worksheet (PDF, 1.5MB).

For example:

Item

Value

Rent owing for March 2006

$700

Carpet repair

$400

Repair holes in walls

$400

Broken window

$200

Cleaning

$60

Total

$1,760

Signature

Make sure the application is signed and dated – don’t forget to print your name as well.

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.