Dear Mr. Haag,
Is this a Relinquishment Act lease, dealing with Mineral Classified Lands? I am guessing that it is. I suppose it could also be a GLO administered lease through the Veterans Land Board.
Under the standard Relinquishment Act lease form, lessees who voluntarily release acreage from
the lease must record the release in the county clerk’s office and a certified copy must be filed
with the GLO within 90 days of the execution date accompanied by a $25 filing fee, per
When Relinquishment Act leases terminate by their own terms, lessees are under no
obligation to record this termination of the lease in the county clerk’s records.
If the owner of the soil wishes to record the termination of his Relinquishment Act lease, he may
request the GL0 to mail him a recordable document, which he may then send, along with
appropriate recording fee, to the county clerk where the Relinquishment Act Land is located.
The owner of the soil is under no obligation to record such evidence of termination in the county
clerk’s office. However, the owner of the soil is encouraged to use this opportunity to publicize
the fact that the tract is again available for lease.
As an aside, top leases are not permitted by the GLO.