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This was your property manager's liability, as you had a contract with them to manage the property.
Unfortunately, in Griffin, the code enforcement has a right to inspect for all code violations (as you likely know) and can for rental property demand the property be brought up to code as it is a health and safety issue for tenants. You need to respond to them in writing and you need to tell them you are not residing in state and you are asking for time to hire a new management company to get the requested repairs done. If you do not do so, then they will close the property and force the tenants out and you would be liable to the tenants plus fines for code violations not being timely repaired.
Unfortunately, the county does not have much of a choice. If they come out and inspect and find violations they have to make you do it. The city has their discretionary enforcement authority, so they do not have to force everyone to do it, but if they get complaints on others and find violations they will treat them just like they are treating you. The city is not going out on their own looking for these violations, is what I mean, they do this in response to complaints.
So if their tenants file complaints against those landlords and code enforcement goes to those houses, they will cite those homes too and make them comply with code.