My apartment complex(GA, USA) has a 3 strike violation policy.
Today I received a strike. Very vague description, just the reason being: "disturbance".
I left work early to speak with staff in person to ask what the violation was about. So a week ago, the building which my unit resides in received information about complaints over the smell of weed.
7 days ahead, my violation strike is apparently the complex saying it's me.
I was not answered on if any other units were also hit with a strike. I asked if an inspection was done, or any form of action to verify - because it's not me or my wife. We can smell the odor as well from time to time, so we do know someone in building is smoking it - but I was told, no, no verification or inspection was done to verify who it was.
So I asked what made them send a violation to my unit - they replied that the complaints said it was coming from one of the back units most likely a terrace unit.
My unit is not the only terrace unit - so I asked again what specifically made them suspect us and just slap us with a violation strike.
No concrete answer was given - just a spiel over the legality of weed in GA - my question was dodged essentially.
I ran through again making sure that I got it right that they essentially read complaints, and without going to the units, even if they cannot just waltz into one, but without even coming out to the building and checking around, that they just slapped it on us in particular.
I sent them a pdf of a document I wrote trailing my interactions, emails, and conversations with them today to inform them that I took note of everything.
If I had to take this to court over my stay here, and/or potential fines associated with this strike - would I have a reasonable defense against the unverified claims?
Now, I moved in during the middle of august, I'm a black male with dreadlocks. I do not smoke. I also wouldn't want to assume the selection of striking my unit was due to profiling. But I do find it weird that without warning or any looking into it, that it was us that was just slapped with said strike.
(this is my first post here - I've looked at other questions and checked around first, but if I've still didn't provide something needed, or incorrectly formatted something, apologies - please point out - and I'll try to rectify. Thank you)