In quite a number of states there are statutes subjecting chattels or crops upon the demised premises to a lien in favor of the landlord for rent. Such a statutory lien on crops is not ordinarily restricted to the crops of the tenant, but the crops of a subtenant are subject thereto, while a lien given by statute on things other than crops is usually restricted to things belonging to the tenant himself. The statute ordinarily names the method of enforcing the lien, as, for instance, by attachment, or by statutory distress. But even when the statute named another method of enforcing the lien, a right to foreclose it by a proceeding in equity has not infrequently been upheld.92

Occasionally a lien is created upon crops or other personal property upon the leased premises by express stipulation in the instrument of lease. A lien so created resembles, more or less, a chattel mortgage, and the courts are inclined to determine the rights of the lessor thereunder from this point of view. It is usually enforced by the decree of a court of equity for the sale of the property subject to the lien.93

90. St. 11 Geo. 2, c. 19, Sec. 1.

91. 2 Tiffany, Landlord & Tenant, Sec.Sec. 347-351.

92. See 2 Tiffany, Landlord & Tenant, Sec. 321.

93. Id., Sec. 322.