So it is my understanding that as a tenant in an apartment building or rental home, a lease also guarantees the tenant the right to expect a certain level of safety and security. You should be able to go to sleep at night not worrying that a careless landlord has left you at risk for an accident or injury.
If you are injured or attacked while living in a rental home, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against your landlord or apartment complex to help pay for your recovery.
For example, if a landlord fails to properly upkeep stairs and you are injured in a fall, or if an employee of the complex attacks or steals from you, your landlord could be found negligent.
How does Texas differentiate this from another tenant throwing things at your window or balcony or tossing glass bottles out of their balcony or having body parts hanging off of their balcony into yours?
I have researched the latter and spoken to attorneys and it seems Texas courts does not hold a landlord responsible for the behavior of tenants towards other tenants. So for example, if another tenant puts silly putty on your steps early in the morning, but Texas court does hold the landlord responsible if the landlord put the silly putty there? Do you see what I am getting at here? Again, if you are injured or attacked while living in a rental home, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against your landlord or apartment complex to help pay for your recovery.
Okay, so does the injury or attack have to happen? Because I have researched preventive situations, in other words, in situations where another tenant is being menacing to another tenant, the receiving tenant complains about it and it seems Texas landlords has no obligation to do anything about it based on the lack of care for any Texas attorney to take up these cases including Legal Aid type of attorneys.
So its like there is splitting hairs here, if its another tenant leaving silly putty on the steps and you complain and the landlord does nothing and you subsequently fall, can the landlord be held liable or not? If so, then why do attorneys tell me that Texas law does not hold responsible a landlord for the behavior of its tenants?