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I am not sure of the facts.
Are you saying the picture that was taken was now when the tenant moved out?And does the person who represented the tenant at the move- in inspection recall that the burn was already on the counter?
The landlord may not have a picture and that could be because the mark was there and he didn't want to document that but it could be because the mark was not there or not obvious to him. There is no way of knowing.
The problem is that the person who represented the tenant missed it if it was there and the tenant failed to point it out.
So it is a he said/she said and that is a problem for the tenant because the landlord will be able to say if the mark was there why did neither person point it out.
It may be that the tenant should try and settle because of these facts.