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Code of Civil Procedure 872.540 CCP – Oil and Gas Interests (Partition Actions)


California Code of Civil Procedure 872.540 is the California partition statute that determines that lessees who use the property, but are not owners, should not be joined in the partition action. The statute provides that:

Where property is subject to a lease, community lease, unit agreement, or other pooling arrangement with respect to oil or gas or both, the plaintiff need not join as defendants persons whose only interest in the property is that of a lessee, royalty-owner, lessor-owner of other real property in the community, unit, or pooled area, or working interest owner, or persons claiming under them, and the judgment shall not affect the interests of such persons not joined as defendants.

California Code of Civil Procedure 872.540

In other words, “The complaint need not name lessees, and a judgment in the action does not affect their interests. Parties whose only interest relates to an oil and gas estate in the property also need not be named.” [1]Miller & Starr, Right of partition—Procedure in partition action, 4 Cal. Real Est. (4th ed.) § 11:15

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1 Miller & Starr, Right of partition—Procedure in partition action, 4 Cal. Real Est. (4th ed.) § 11:15
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