Bukola Obadun-Craigs

Bukola Obadun-Craigs


Bukola is a residential property litigator who joined the firm in 2020, having spent the majority of her legal career developing her expertise in the niche practice of residential property management, which encompasses all aspects of leasehold management and housing management litigation.

She has extensive experience in dealing with contentious landlord and tenant issues. Predominantly acting for social landlords, managing agents, Right to Manage Companies (RTM’s), Residents Management Companies (RMC’s), freeholders, leaseholders, tenants and developers.

Bukola’s work includes residential service charge recovery, breach of covenant disputes, applications to the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and appeals to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). She also deals with forfeiture, rent arrears, disrepair claims, residential possession claims, boundary disputes, adverse possession, rights of way, rights of light, squatters, nuisance, leasehold enfranchisement, right of first refusal and Right to Manage disputes in the High Court (BPC). She has considerable experience acting for high net worth buy to let property investors.

Her experience in leasehold and housing management litigation has given her the opportunity to present to large audiences who work within the sector. She has delivered seminars on behalf of the The Chartered Institute of Housing and The Institute of Residential Property Management. She also enjoys providing in-house training for her clients at their offices. Bukola is recognised in the Legal 500 2017 and 2018 in respect of the wide range of areas she practices in regard to housing management.

Bukola is praised by her clients’ for offering commercially sound and succinct advice at every stage of the litigation process. This was particularly recognised in two of her cases:

  • Derwent Housing Association Limited v Taylor, Court of Appeal (Civ Div) 19 January 2016 (unreported). Bukola acted for the Housing Association. After successfully bringing a possession claim against Mr Taylor in the County Court he appealed the decision under s.30(4) Family Law Act 1996. Mr Taylor argued that following acceptance by the landlord of a Notice to Quit served by the sole assured tenant, his wife with whom he resided in the matrimonial home. He claimed that on the expiry of the Notice his continued occupation was to be treated as occupation by his wife as tenant. The appeal was successfully dismissed.
  • Moorjani & Others v (1) Durban Estates Limited and (2) Ivor Court Freehold Limited (2019) EWHC 1229 (TCC). Bukola acted for the second defendant freehold company, relying on res judicata argument (that the claim had already been litigated in the First-Tier Tribunal). In this case the High Court held that the leaseholder who was unsuccessful in challenging his service charges in the First-Tier Tribunal by raising a “historic neglect” claim could not subsequently maintain a disrepair claim in the High Court.

Bukola is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.