TLDR: As far as documents go, does a move out check list carry as much binding authority as a lease?
I'll try not to get into the weeds too much on this one. Tenant moved out before the end of the month/lease. Rushed the process to leave within a week. 6 weeks before the move, I provided a standard move out cleaning list that clearly laid out expectations upon move out. During the post-move walk thru (tenant out of town by then) it was clear the cleaner the tenant hired didn't do the work required. Told tenant this and he referred to the lease and what is states needs to be cleaned. The problem is the lease doesn't go into the same detail the move out check list does. Only high-level type language in the lease compared to 4 pages of tasks in the list.
Question is: does the move out check list hold as much weight as the lease? Or does the lease override the list? Can the other party "ignore" the items I could charge for in the move out list because they're not specifically called out in the lease?
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