Property and Social Housing
Oliver has appeared in the High Court, County Court and First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Oliver represents landlords and tenants in possession proceedings, disrepair/fitness for human habitation claims, injunction applications and committal proceedings.
Oliver welcomes instruction in long residential leasehold matters, such as forfeiture, service charge disputes, collective enfranchisement and the right to manage.
Oliver also welcomes instruction in commercial landlord and tenant matters, including lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, dilapidations, forfeiture and breach of covenant.
Prior to joining Chambers, Oliver had two years’ experience as a property paralegal at a London law firm. He assisted with matters residential and commercial, freehold and leasehold, contentious and non-contentious. During his time as a paralegal, Oliver was credited for contributing to the later chapters of the third edition of “Commercial Property Litigation” by James Fieldsend and Paul McAndrews (commercial rent arrears recovery, recovery of possession, mixed use properties and alternative dispute resolution).
C v O – Represented private landlord in a two-day possession trial, successfully obtaining a possession order in a complex case which involved arguments relating to the validity of s.47/48 notices, breaches of statutory tenancy deposit requirements, and a defence and counterclaim of indirect disability discrimination.
H v A – Represented social landlord in a two-day possession trial, successfully obtaining a possession order on Grounds 12 and 14 in respect of a tenant who was convicted for being concerned in the supply of illicit drugs, with the significant involvement of a number of close family members.
P v P – Represented social landlord in a one-day contested hearing for an application for an anti-social behaviour injunction and power of arrest, which included a proposed exclusion of the tenant from the property and surrounding area because of the serious risk of harm she posed to elderly neighbours. All terms sought were granted, to remain in force indefinitely.
BCP v P – Represented defendant who admitted 26 of 40 alleged breaches of an anti-social behaviour injunction. Oliver persuaded the court to give his client one last chance and as a result the defendant received a suspended sentence order.
K v B – Advised private landlord on exercising the right of forfeiture under s.146 of the Law of Property Act 1925, predominantly focused on seeking the best avenue for recovering legal costs that had been added to substantial amount of unpaid service charge over a decade.
P v P – Drafted Particulars of Claim on behalf of a social landlord for a claim for possession of an almshouse under Grounds 12 and 14 with alternative pleadings that the tenant was in fact a licensee due to the restrictions in place on disposition of the almshouse.
P v LBE – Drafted Defence and Counterclaim on behalf of a local authority landlord in response to a disrepair claim, counterclaiming indemnity from a freeholder third party.