Can a settlement be reached with the other party?

At any stage in the process, either party can reach a settlement.

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At any stage of the dispute resolution process, parties to a tenancy dispute may come to an agreement. 

If an agreement is reached, the applicant must notify the RTB that they wish to withdraw the case. 

During a hearing, a Tribunal may adjourn (stop the hearing for a short time) to see if either party can reach an agreement between themselves. If parties do reach an agreement, the Tribunal may adopt it as the legally binding decision of the Tribunal. If an agreement cannot be reached between the two parties, the hearing will resume, and the Tribunal will decide the outcome. 

Can an appeal be withdrawn?

Yes. An appeal can be withdrawn by an appellant at any time prior to the Tribunal decision issuing in the case. If you wish to withdraw your Appeal prior to the hearing date you must write to the RTB stating your wish to do so. However, if the matter is being dealt with by the Tribunal at a hearing, you can tell the Tribunal that you are withdrawing the matter.

Upon being notified of a withdrawal, the Tribunal is required to enquire whether the other party to the dispute objects to the withdrawal and, if so, the Tribunal will sit to decide on any application for costs of the other party against you. In the event that the other party, when notified of the withdrawal, does not object, a Determination Order will be made based on the original dispute outcome.