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Renting with Newton King

Looking for your perfect rental property in Taunton?

So you’ve made the decision to rent, well you are certainly not alone. The rental market in Taunton is an extremely busy one and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the whole process. Here at Newton King, we guide you carefully through the ins and outs, to help you find your perfect new rental property, without making a huge a drama out of it.

We make the entire process as simple and stress-free as possible and our helpful team of rental experts have many years of experience in this field and are more than happy to explain each step clearly along the way, allowing you to make your own informed property choices.

We want to create lasting tenancies that work for all parties, so laying the foundations for a long and happy relationship is crucial. We want to look after you for as long as possible and for you to come back to us in the future so we put in that extra bit of time and effort from day one.

We’re expert matchmakers at Newton King and work hard to find you the dream home you desire. Making sure we get this right helps ensure longer lasting tenancies which save you money. Moving home can be expensive, even when you rent, so we do everything we can to find you just the right property. We don’t try and talk you into an unsuitable property, as we know from our years of experience that making sure tenants are 100% happy is the best way to keep everyone happy.

Once registered with us, we will keep you right up-to-date with all of our new rental properties as soon as they become available (and often before they’re even ready to market) so you’ll never miss out on a potential property. We’re happy to arrange viewings at a time to suit you, even outside of office hours and at the weekend, plus we never rush you and allow plenty of time for you to make your decision.

You’ve found your perfect new home!

What happens next?

As responsible agents, we need to carry out tenant checks. We have a duty of care to landlords and their properties, plus if this is your first time renting, or leaving home, there may be some aspects of renting that you may not be aware of so our rent affordability check list may also help you select a property that will allow you to live comfortably whilst still being able to pay rent and household bills.

Tenant checks are discreet and confidential and include:

  • Credit Check
  • Previous Landlord Reference (if applicable or character reference).
  • Income
  • Employment
  • Guarantor (if required)

Fees are payable for tenant checks and the costs are published on our website, alongside each set of property details.

Deposits are usually the equivalent of 6 weeks rent and are registered with a government backed Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS) for your security, should any dispute arise at the end of your tenancy. You will be informed whether it will be managed by us or an individual lord, as this is may vary with specific properties.


We supply legally compliant Tenancy Agreements to keep you safe and are more than happy to talk you through them if there are any bits you are unsure of. Occasionally, a landlord may supply his or her own agreement. We would then advise you to have it independently checked as we cannot guarantee its accuracy. We would always make sure you are aware of this if applicable.

Your tenancy agreement will also detail areas that are yours, ours or your landlord’s responsibility. Please ask us if there are any points you are unsure of before signing your agreement. We can also help explain what you can and can't do to your rental property to make it feel more like "home".

It’s Moving Day!

So all the paperwork is completed and you have the keys in your hand, ready to start moving in. It would be great if you could just move in and relax straight away but we recommend that you go through a few small things before you put your feet up, as they could save you a lot of time and effort in the future.

  • Check your inventory thoroughly.
  • Read all the meters and call the suppliers
  • Locate the water stopcock and fuse box
  • Ensure the boiler instructions are present
  • Make sure the Gas and Electric Safety Certificates are in date

These simple tasks won’t take you long but could make your life a lot simpler later on.

Always check the inventory thoroughly. If any items are either missing or of a sub-standard condition, they must be reported straight away to avoid disputes. Plus it is a good idea to have a good look around the property and take a note and photograph of any damage or marks and let us know straight away.

Once you have read your meters, call the existing energy supplier and water company and give them your readings and they will create new accounts for you.

Don’t forget, you will also need to obtain a television license and let the local council know your details for council tax.

It is always a good idea to locate things like stopcocks, fuse boxes and boiler instructions before you move your belongings in, as it can be difficult to find them in hurry once the cupboards are full.

Although we do our very best to ensure landlords keep up-to-date with their legal responsibilities, it always worth checking that all the safety certificates are up-to-date.

So you’re finally home and settled in.

Throughout your tenancy, we’re always just a phone call away. We like to keep in touch but respect your privacy so will always call and give you plenty of notice if we need to pop in for an inspection or to carry out maintenance work.