definition of the word blinds

Contract states to leave all blinds. I have two rooms with with slated blinds and
have no problem leaving them. But now buyer agent is saying I have to leave
curtains,stain glass panels that are hung like pictures ,not attached to
windowsand two decorative cross that are setting in window seal. I feel that I
being scammed. Because if buyer wanted all window treatments the contact should
say that,so I could counter buy saying this or the does not stay.

Asked on June 4, 2016 under Real Estate Law, New Mexico

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no legal or real estate law definition of this. When there is no specific legal definition, a court would try to determine the intent of the parties (what did they mean by this provision?) and also look to the everyday (e.g. dictionary) definition of the word. In my opinion, the crosses, which are simply sitting on window seats are clearly not "blinds"; neither are the stained glass panels which are hung like pictures. I don't believe any court would consider those "blinds"--they're not even window treatments. It is possible a court would conclude that the curtains are "blinds" in that a court could reasonably conclude that the intent of the contract was to leave window treatments (which is, after all, common in home sales) and that the contract drafter simply stumbled over the correct word to use and ended up using "blinds" to represent any window treatment.


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