Owner FAQs

Answers to your common questions

Am I required to make my residential property available to Section 8? +
No. You are not required to make your property available to Section 8.
Do I get to see the lease or sign it? +
A copy of the lease can be provided to you upon request.  As your Agent, we represent you during the execution of a lease. You do not need to sign it.
Do you sell real estate too? +
Yes. We handle sales of Commercial and Investment properties. 
How is rent collection handled? +
Rent is due by the first day of every month. Notices and the collection process are started after a specified late date per the lease agreement.
How long of a lease do you sign? +
Most of our residential leases are twelve months with automatic renewals built-in.  Commercial leases are negotiable.
How much security deposit do you charge the tenant? +
The amount of security deposit charged depends on the amount of the individual residential property and does not exceed more than the amount of one month’s rent.  In cases of increased risk, additional security can be required by Owners.
How soon can you start managing my property? +
As soon as you provide us with a signed management agreement, key, and other necessary documents, we can have a sign on the property and a listing online in less than 24 hours.
Is Watts Realty Company Inc. licensed by the State of Alabama? +

Alabama Real Estate Commission
License #: 000004168-0
Issued: 08-07-2018
Expires:9-30-2020 (renews every two years)

What type of properties do you manage? +
Office Buildings, Retail Centers, Industrial Warehouses, Single Family Homes, Townhomes, Condos, Apartment Buildings and Duplexes.
What type of reports do I get and how often? +
We utilize Appfolio Management Software for most of our reporting now. We publish the reports once a month, typically at the end of the month. Once your property is activated in the system, all you need to do is log‐in to the Owner Portal via wattsrealty.com to view your Owner Statements which details everything that is connected to your property from rent collected to maintenance cost. At the end of the year we provide an easy‐to‐read report for tax purposes.
When and how do I receive net rents? +
Once the property(s) is activated, we have the ability to put money directly into your account utilizing the Appfolio Owner Portal. All you have to do is fill out the banking requirement information. Otherwise checks are mailed on the last working day of every month.
Who holds the tenant's security deposit for residential properties? +
Alabama law requires the Agent to hold each tenant's security deposit in an escrow account. Release of the security deposit is subject to compliance with all terms of the lease upon tenant vacating the property.

Office Physical Address:
1527 3rd Avenue South, Suite 102
Birmingham, AL 35233

o: 205.251.1267
f: 205.252.7777