Rental FAQ's

Finding Calhoun County Rentals

All currently available properties are listed on this website, under the ‘Rental Listings’ tab. The website is updated daily. 

You will need to fill out an application which are available online on our website. The application must be submitted from the website with your current proof of income (most current pay stub or any other form of verifiable/taxable income) and your photo I.D. WE DO NOT REQUIRE THE APPLICATION FEE BE PAID UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE SEEN THE INSIDE OF A PROPERTY. Once you have been income qualified, you may leave an I.D. with us and sign out keys to look at properties. Keys must be returned to our office the same day they are signed out. If the unit is occupied, we can schedule an appointment for you to see the inside. Applications are good for 90 days.

Your gross weekly pay must equal one month’s rent. The way we determine this is: we will take your year to date gross income, before tax deduction, and divide it by the total number of weeks it has been in the year according to the pay period on your pay stub. The result is your max budget. If you have additional income (i.e. social security, retirement, food stamps, child support, etc.) and receive this monthly or bi-weekly, we will figure the amount accordingly and add it in to your total income qualification.

Once you have decided on a property you would like to rent, you will need to pay the non-refundable, application fee per adult so that we may run a credit and criminal background check and begin the application process. We do accept and process multiple applications for the same property and we work them all simultaneously. Once approved, and you have seen the property, all properties are first come, first serve.

The minimum payment we require to secure a property would be one month of full rent and the security deposit (which is equal to one month’s full rent). You will also be required to have renters insurance at the time of signing a lease, or before you may take possession of the home. All payments are due at the time of lease signing, and are required to be paid electronically via your tenant portal. 

We suggest that you start with the company that supplies your automobile insurance. But if they do not offer renters insurance, we suggest for you to check with local insurance agencies in your area. We also require that ALL policies have a minimum of $100,000 worth of personal liability AND J. Brittain Associates must be listed on the policy as an additional interested party/additional insured. **In the event of a roommate situation, a separate renter’s insurance policy will be required from each occupant with the same requirements which are listed above.

None of our properties are “pre-approved” for Section 8. Each applicant should initiate the Section 8 process at the local housing authorities and put in an application at our office. Once your rental application is approved at our office the housing authority will inspect the property to insure that it meets their minimum standards.

Current Tenants

Rent payment is due in our office on the 1st of each month, and must be paid by the 5th of each month.  On the 6th, a late charge will be added to your account, and a reminder letter will be sent requesting payment.  Payments should be made with check or money order.  A slot in the office door allows rent payments to be deposited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The best way to submit maintenance requests is through your online tenant portal. You can also email Claire, our repair coordinator, at When submitting your repair, please explain the problem, in detail, and provide us with detailed contact information for us to provide to any vendor(s) we may send to correct the issue.

You will receive a lease renewal letter asking you to come to the office to sign your renewal, appx. 45 days prior to lease expiration.  It is your responsibility to sign said renewal or intent to vacate 30 days prior to lease expiration.  If vacate notice or lease renewal are not received your lease status will be month by month, which increases your rent by $200.00 each month.

We need a written statement of your intent to vacate 30 days prior to your departure.  You can write this yourself, or pick up a form in our office.  If your lease is still current, you will be charged for breaking the lease, and you will still be responsible for the rent until a new tenant is found for your unit.  Your security deposit will be held until a new tenant has moved in.

Your unit should be left in the condition that it was in when you moved in, less any normal wear and tear.  All charges on your account must be paid in full.  Charges for any damage or unusual cleaning will be taken from your security deposit.  You will need to arrange to have the carpet professionally cleaned at the time of your departure.  Once the unit has been inspected and cleared, you will receive a refund of your deposit within 60 days, if appropriate. 

Our after-hours emergency number is 256-343-1801. Please leave a detailed voicemail when prompted and someone from our staff will call you back as soon as possible. You may also text this number.

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