Residential Tenancy Branch

Residential Tenancy Branch

Trying to get that damage deposit back? Or maybe you’re the landlord and your tenant hasn’t paid the rent or utilities? Perhaps you’re trying to evict someone because they broke the tenancy agreement? Legal remedies involving tenant-landlord relationships are often decided by the Residential Tenancy Branch.

It is important to remember that applications for dispute resolution at the Residential Tenancy Branch have to be made within two years of tenancy ending. The first step involves filing an application for a dispute resolution hearing, or a notice to end tenancy to the RTB.

Hearings are generally conducted by telephone. Both sides of the dispute are given a chance to provide evidence, including statements from witnesses. You are allowed to have a lawyer represent you at this hearing. Once the hearing ends, an arbitrator has 30 days to render a decision.

Some of the most common reasons to request a RTB dispute resolution include conflicts over rent increase, eviction notices, repairs made to the property, or unpaid rent or damages. Tenancy dispute? Give us a call.