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58-2501. Tenants at will; terms of lease in certain cases. Any person in the possession of real property with the assent of the owner is presumed to be a tenant at will, unless the contrary is shown except as herein otherwise provided. Where a landlord is renting farms in large numbers and a total acreage in excess of five thousand acres, and has tenants in excess of ten or more, and by the lease requires such tenants to erect or own and maintain substantially all of the buildings and improvements on the farm, such lease shall contain just and fair provisions for the free sale and transfer of such buildings and improvements, or the purchase thereof by the landlord, without requiring the tenant to remove the same from the land.

History: G.S. 1868, ch. 55, § 1; R.S. 1923, 67-501; L. 1925, ch. 208, § 1; May 28.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Article on tenant farmers, H. W. Hannah, 7 K.L.R. 295, 296, 305, 306 (1959).

"State Control of Local Government in Kansas: Special Legislation and Home Rule," Barkley Clark, 20 K.L.R. 631, 669 (1972).

"Kansas Farmland Lease Law," Sam Brownback, Ted T. Svitavsky, 54 J.K.B.A. 201, 203 (1985).


1. Lease one year with privilege; tenancy from year to year. Intfen v. Foster, 8 K.A. 336, 56 P. 1125.

2. Possession under agreement for exchange of property; person not tenant. Garvin v. Jennerson, 20 K. 371.

3. Effect of covenant of tenant to pay insurance on property. Whitaker v. Kawley, 25 K. 674.

4. Proper remedy is recovery of premises; injunction will not lie. Bodwell v. Crawford, 26 K. 292.

5. Recovery of injuries to premises in action for rent. Carter v. George, 30 K. 45, 1 P. 58.

6. Right of landlord to remove property of tenant considered. Losch v. Pickett, 36 K. 216, 12 P. 822.

7. Section cited; railroad land. Toothaker v. Railroad Co., 112 K. 304, 309, 210 P. 1110.

8. Statute is not retroactive, but indicative of public policy. Berg v. Scully, 120 K. 637, 644, 245 P. 119.

9. Cited; lessee holding over without landlord's consent held tenant by sufferance. Sorensen v. Hendry, 146 K. 337, 339, 340, 69 P.2d 1114.

10. Notice of termination of farm tenancy. Way v. Swain, 158 K. 238, 240, 146 P.2d 414.

11. Cited; adequacy of notice to terminate farm tenancy and compliance with 58-2506 dealt with in depth. Buckle v. Caylor, 10 K.A.2d 443, 444, 700 P.2d 979 (1985).

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