Withdraw an Application

If you resolve your dispute before the hearing, you can withdraw your application, though special rules apply to some types of applications.

An applicant may withdraw an application for dispute resolution by notifying the Residential Tenancy Branch and providing a legible copy of any required documents, in one of the following ways:

  • any time before the hearing, withdrawing the application through the Online Application for Dispute Resolution and either emailing any required documents to HSRTO@gov.bc.ca including the file number in the subject line (“Withdrawal documents: file #”) or providing hard copies of any required documents to a Residential Tenancy Branch Office or Service BC. Applications to dispute a notice to end tenancy or for adjourned hearings or review hearings may not be withdrawn online;
  • any time before the hearing, notifying the Residential Tenancy Branch by telephone and providing hard copies of any required documents to a Residential Tenancy Branch Office or Service BC Office;
  • any time before the hearing, attending a Residential Tenancy Branch Office or Service BC Office in person and providing a copy of any required documents; or
  • at least one week before the scheduled hearing, emailing the Residential Tenancy Branch at HSRTO@gov.bc.ca, including the file number in the subject line (“Withdrawal: file #”), and attaching a copy of the required documents, if any.

If your dispute resolution hearing is scheduled for less than one week away, the email may not be processed before the scheduled hearing, which could result in an arbitrator making a final and binding decision in the matter.  If your dispute resolution hearing is scheduled for less than one week away, contact the Residential Tenancy Branch by phone or visit a Residential Tenancy Branch Office or a Service BC Office in person.

Where a tenant has applied to dispute a landlord’s notice to end tenancy, the applicant tenant requires the written consent of the landlord to withdraw their application.

Required documents:

  • the respondent landlord’s written consent to the withdrawal

Where a  hearing has begun but is adjourned by an arbitrator for continuation at a later date, a party seeking to withdraw that application must provide evidence of the other party’s consent to the withdrawal and evidence that the parties have resolved all matters at issue in the application through a written agreement, such that continuation of the hearing is no longer necessary.

Required documents:

  • the other party’s written consent to the withdrawal
  • the written agreement signed by both parties, setting out the parties’ agreed resolutions to each of the matters at issue in the application

If a review hearing has been granted, the party who made the Application for Review Consideration may withdraw the review hearing at any time before the scheduled review hearing.

Required documents:

  • where the decision or order at issue relates to a notice to end tenancy, the other party’s written consent to the withdrawal of the application

In all other circumstances, the applicant must provide the other party with written notice of the withdrawal of their application for dispute resolution.

 

The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: September 23, 2017.

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