What is the real estate definition of the word "blinds"?
Question Details: The sales contract states to leave all blinds. I have 2 rooms with slated blinds and have no problem leaving them. However, now buyer's agent is saying that I have to leave curtains, stain glass panels that are hung like pictures and that are not attached to windows, and 2 decorative crosses that are sitting in window seat. I feel that I being scammed. Since if buyer wanted all window treatments the contact, it should have said that so I could counter by saying this or that it does not stay.
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.