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55-209. Lien statement for labor or materials; filing and record in district court. (a) Any person claiming a lien, for labor or materials or both, furnished to owners of leaseholds for oil and gas purposes, as may be provided by law, shall file in the office of the clerk of the district court of the county in which the land and leasehold is situated, a statement setting forth the amount claimed and the items thereof, as nearly as practicable, the name of the owner of the land, the name of the owner of the leasehold, the name of the contractor, the name of the claimant and a description of the property subject to the lien, whether personal or real or both, verified by affidavit. If any promissory note bearing a lawful rate of interest shall have been taken for such labor or material, it shall not be necessary to file an itemized statement of labor or material furnished, but it shall be sufficient to file a copy of such note, with a sworn statement that such note or any part thereof, was given for such labor or material furnished such leaseholder or contractor, on such leasehold.

(b) Such statement shall be filed within six months after the date upon which material was last furnished or labor last performed under the contract. Immediately upon the receipt of such statement the clerk of the district court shall enter the lien in the general index the same as liens against real estate.

History: R.S. 1923, 55-209; L. 1967, ch. 300, § 1; L. 1992, ch. 47, § 1; July 1.

Revisor's Note:

New sections to definitely provide for the filing of lien statement for labor and materials furnished by owner to leaseholder for oil and gas in a definite manner for foreclosure proceedings.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Mechanics liens against leasehold and equipment, J. B. McKay, 8 J.B.A.K. 63 (1939).

Developments in debtor-creditor law between 1965 and 1969, Robert B. Morton, 18 K.L.R. 351, 372 (1970).

"Recent Developments in Kansas Oil and Gas Law," Philip E. DeLaTorre, 32 K.L.R. 595, 608 (1984).

"Kansas Oil and Gas Lien Law," David E. Pierce, 56 J.K.B.A. No. 7, 8, 13 (1987).

"Recent Developments in Kansas Oil and Gas Law (1983-1988)," Phillip E. DeLaTorre, 37 K.L.R. 907, 941 (1989).


1. Use of material on leased premises need not be shown; sufficiency of affidavit. Ball v. Oil & Gas Co., 113 K. 763, 216 P. 422.

2. Time for filing lien statement. Bittenbender v. Fisher, 121 K. 458, 247 P. 849.

3. Driller given lien though told to look to buyer for payment. Jones v. Sunflower Natural Gas Corp., 137 K. 790, 22 P.2d 482.

4. Description of real property not required if no lien upon it. Gaudreau v. Smith, 141 K. 123, 125, 40 P.2d 365.

5. Lien not filed within "four months" is ineffective. Davis v. Sherman, 149 K. 104, 106, 109, 86 P.2d 490.

6. Lienholder's rights held superior to those of subsequent chattel mortgage. Oil Well Supply Co. v. First Nat. Bank of Winfield, Kan., 106 F.2d 399.

7. Construed; application to subcontractors. Mountain Iron & Supply Co. v. Branum, 200 K. 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, 434 P.2d 1015.

8. Referred to; oil and gas leases treated as realty for purposes of enforcing mechanic's and other liens. Ingram v. Ingram, 214 K. 415, 419, 521 P.2d 254.

9. A supplier to a materialman is afforded no protection under the oil and gas lien statutes. Interlake, Inc. v. Kansas Power & Light, 231 K. 251, 253, 256, 257, 644 P.2d 385 (1982).

10. Daywork drilling contract construed as drilling contract; not basis for subcontractor's lien. Calvert Western Exploration Co. v. Diamond Shamrock, 234 K. 699, 702, 675 P.2d 871 (1984).

11. Verification cannot be qualified, absolute oath to truth required; itemization sufficient where labor or materials stated as gross price, plus expenses. DaMac Drilling, Inc. v. Shoemake, 11 K.A.2d 38, 41, 42, 44, 713 P.2d 480 (1986).

12. Oil and gas mechanic's lien not entitled to priority over purchase money security interest, regardless when lien filed. National Supply Co. v. Case Oil & Gas, Inc., 13 K.A.2d 430, 434, 772 P.2d 1255 (1989).

13. Cited; interpretation of "under oath" for lien statements. Double S, Inc. v. Northwest Kansas Prod. Cred. Ass'n, 17 K.A.2d 740, 741, 742, 847 P.2d 741 (1992).

14. Section does not require an oil and gas lien statement to cover an entire leasehold. Klima Well Serv., Inc. v. Hurley, 133 F.Supp.3d 1297, 1304 (D. Kan. 2015).

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