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 their application for dispute resolution by notifying the Residential Tenancy Branch and providing required documents (if applicable), in one of the following ways: 

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  Applications to dispute a notice to end tenancy, adjourned hearings, and review hearings may not be withdrawn online;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

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 on 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.

 If a tenant who has applied to dispute a landlord’s notice to end tenancy would like to withdraw their application, the tenant will require the landlord’s written consent.

Required documents:

  • the respondent landlord’s written consent to the withdrawal

If a party would like to withdraw an application that had been adjourned by an arbitrator, that party must provide evidence of the other party’s consent to the withdrawal.  The party wanting to withdraw their application must also provide evidence that both parties have resolved all issues described in the application through a written agreement, showing that the adjourned 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 issues described 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, where possible 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: November 29, 2017.

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