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60-1001. Actions for possession; ejectment. (a) Petition. In any action to recover possession of real property, including an oil or gas lease or mineral interest, it shall be sufficient if the petition state that the petitioner has a legal or equitable interest therein and the right to possession.

(b) Tenants in common. In an action against a tenant in common the petition must state that the defendant either denied plaintiff's right, or did some act amounting to such denial.

(c) Judgment; when plaintiff prevails. If plaintiff prevails the judgment shall be for possession and damages for the loss of rents and profits, if any, and execution to enforce the same shall be issued to the sheriff by the clerk at the written request of the party entitled thereto.

(d) When action becomes moot. If the right of the plaintiff to the possession of the premises expires after the commencement of the suit and before the trial, the judgment shall be for the damages and costs.

History: L. 1963, ch. 303, 60-1001; January 1, 1964.

Source or prior law:

(a). G.S. 1868, ch. 80, § 595; L. 1909, ch. 182, § 619; R.S. 1923, 60-2001; L. 1953, ch. 276, § 5.

(b). G.S. 1868, ch. 80, §§ 596, 597; L. 1909, ch. 182, § 620; R.S. 1923, 60-2002.

(d). G.S. 1868, ch. 80, § 598; L. 1909, ch. 182, § 621; R.S. 1923, 60-2003.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Discussion of developments in debtor-creditor law between 1965 and 1969, Robert B. Morton, 18 K.L.R. 351, 377 (1970).

"Kansas Water Appropriation Statutes and the Oil and Gas Industry in Kansas," Eva N. Neufeld, 50 J.B.A.K. 43, 51 (1981).

"Railroad Right of Way: The Real Property Interest in Kansas," Tim Pittman, 25 W.L.J. 327, 346 (1986).


Prior law cases, see G.S. 1949, 60-2001 to 60-2003 and the 1961 Supp. thereto.

1. Statute enlarges old remedy of ejectment; subsection (c) construed as not precluding court from severing issues of possession and recovery of unpaid rent; trial on issue of possession alone proper. Guy Pine, Inc. v. Chrysler Motors Corp., 201 K. 371, 372, 373, 440 P.2d 595.

2. Applied; oil and gas leases treated as realty for purpose of enforcing mechanic's and other liens. Ingram v. Ingram, 214 K. 415, 420, 521 P.2d 254.

3. Whether evidence indicated coownership of property between spouses examined. In re Brollier, 165 B.R. 286, 291 (1994).

4. Whether debtor's wife as spouse and co-owner had right of first refusal to purchase property at proposed sale price examined. In re Brollier, 165 B.R. 286, 291 (1994).

5. Action hereunder; easement dispute involving a blanket pipeline easement; no actionable interference of easement. Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. v. Cunning, 37 K.A.2d 807, 809, 810, 157 P.3d 1120 (2007).

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