Besides asking to the landlords, some other parties can be the reliable sources of information, such as the managers, leasing agents, or some people who have already stayed there.
However, good landlords will tell you honestly about things like that. If there are some records about criminal, security and other important issues, they would let you know. Even if you they don’t tell you about those, it is your right to ask.
Some people may be curious if some apartment in Houston is credible enough for the facilities, securities, and services. These people may thing that reliability can be proven only after they have already lived there.