i reported to my leasing management illegal drug activity by my neighbors which resulted in both assault & an arrest which i was not involved in. 2 weeks later i, a female, was assaulted by a man unknown to me who was assaulting yet another female neighbor over illegal drug activity as well. i can only find texas lease laws stating someone is only legally allowed to break their lease in either family violence or sexual assault situations, which do not apply to me. my apartments offered to relocate me to another unit without charging me a relocation fee which has yet to happen over a week later due to their incompetence.. why are only family violence & sexual assault victims protected by these laws?
Generally, a landlord is not liable for crimes committed in an apartment complex unless the landlord knew a crime was likely to occur and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it from occurring.
It may be that family violence and sexual assault victims have greater protections because they are more likely to suffer from repeat incidents compared to victims of crime in general.
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