I was recently in a dispute over whether a date range in a lease was inclusive or exclusive of the start and end dates.
The wording was:
- The lease starts on 14/1/2016
- The lease ends on 13/1/2017
So is the lease for 363d (exclusive of both), 364d (where the start and end is on a specific time on each date), or 365d (inclusive of both)? Why? There was no other context on the lease.
Note: This applies globally of course, but my case was in Australia, where rent is charged in weeks (and 364d is 52 weeks). The magistrate, who was acting as a mediator at the time, did not immediately know, and spent 5-10 min discussing it with me without coming to a view concrete enough to voice.