Your landlord is obligated to keep the premises in repair under Georgia law. You need to give written notice of the problem to both the local property manager and the owner pointing out that you are worried about your safety because of the defect. If a landlord has knowledge of unsafe conditions and does not repair, the landlord may be liable if someone is injured as a result of the danger. You should state how you want the landlord to remedy the situation. You should keep a copy of this letter for your own records. Beyond notifying your landlord, your options are limited. Repair and deduct would not be an appropriate remedy since you cannot authorize repairs on the common areas of the apartment. If you are living in a locality with a housing code, one option would be to complain to the building inspector or code enforcement officials at your city hall or county courthouse.
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