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2.3 Application Deadlines

Unless the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) states otherwise, the limitation period for applying for dispute resolution is two years from the date a tenancy ends or is assigned. One exception to this rule is cross-applications: if your landlord has applied for dispute resolution within the two-year limitation period, you can file a counterclaim outside of the limitation period – as long as you submit your application within the applicable deadline before the hearing takes place.

Aside from the general limitation period, the RTA lists specific application deadlines for certain types of disputes. For example, there are strict deadlines for tenants to dispute eviction notices and for landlords to return deposits.