Thousands of Georgians live in apartment complexes; they are great for college students, young professionals and those new to the area. There are many complexes throughout the state that describe themselves as luxury living and offer lots of amenities like hot tubs, pools, game rooms, and more. These are all great things to have access to, but apartment complexes also house a lot of dangers. In fact, even the nicest and most expensive complex can pose unseen threats to tenants and visitors.
The danger of apartment complexes is that you are relaying on a for-profit company to keep you safe. People who own homes or live with loved ones know that everything is being done to keep them safe and their living situation comfortable. Apartment complex owners want to make money, this means that they do not want to pay for little things like extra pool security or proper lighting in stairwells. There have even been reports of poisonous Brown Recluse spider outbreaks in complexes where the residents had to fight for the landlords to call in an exterminator.
Most large apartment complexes have pools for tenants. These pools do not usually offer lifeguards and are deemed ‘swim at your own risk'. Swimming without supervision is dangerous for adults and children alike and, though there are security gates, children of residents often have their own set of keys and can easily find their way in.
Security provided by the complex can also be a hazard. Gated apartment communities give residents a feeling of security at all times. Unfortunately, gates break and get stuck allowing for unregistered cars to pass through. Cars can also sneak into the complex by driving very close behind a car entering the gates and then speed through behind them before the gates close. If somebody wants to get into your gated complex, they will most likely succeed and in some cases a criminal may be even more tempted to break into a gated apartment complex because he/she feels more affluent people live there. Security guards can be a threat too. Security guards are hired and paid by the apartment complex and are not always the most trustworthy people. Every year in the U.S. there are reports of security guards attacking female residents or robbing the very people they are supposed to be protecting.
It is important to remember that as a tenant you have rights. If you fall down a stairwell and break your leg because the landlord did not install proper lighting, it is not your fault. If your child is injured in a pool or on broken playground equipment because the apartment complex staff forgot to properly warn of danger, you should not be responsible for the medical bills. Landlords need to be held accountable for their negligent behavior. If you have any more questions about apartment complex injuries, give The Berry Law Group a call today.