Military Approval Delays
Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:00 PM
I am new to this forum, being a current owner of a property at Apollonium Spa, Near Akbuk.
I am pleased to say that we have sold the property, having had the contract signed and deposit paid last year. However we cannot complete as our lawyers advise that the buyers application is still stuck awaiting military approval.
It appears that a criminal investigation is still underway at the Bodrum Land Registry regarding corruption and this is being blamed for the delay. The first application in October last year encountered a request for £200 to "cover passport translation", and we pointed out that this had already had been done when our lawyers obtained the Power of Attorney's so there was no need for this as our lawyers could provide translated copies.
In February this year our buyers application was returned with the comment that the village described on the Tapu did not exist! A cynic might say that the they should have paid the £200!
This is remarkable as there are 357 properties on Apollonium Spa, and presumably Artev must have obtained military clearance for most of them as they were sold to foreigners.
So our long suffering buyers have applied again on the 21/2.
4 months have passed now and despite almost daily chasing by our lawyers on both of our behalves there is still no news.
Is there anyone out there who is experiencing similar difficulties with their sale or purchase?
There does not appear to be anything online about the current situation.
Posted 24 June 2011 - 06:57 PM
I will move this thread to the Turkish Property Law Section but will leave a link here so that you can find it again. Hopefully one our Turkish lawyers members will see it and will comment further.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:11 AM
Posted 02 July 2011 - 09:45 PM
In Ankara there are some pseudo 'translation offices', all they do and capable to do is to translate a few standard document required by consulates, but they work like mafia: Their men stand by the consulates,try to convince the possible customers and never let anybody else in the business come near to consulates. They even threaten the serious translation offices so they cannot get involved in consulate-related business..Yes, they are there. As they act like a monopoly, they set the prices at their own will.
So please dont let them do this to you..Just try to learn the names of good offices. If the price you mention were effective in the sector in general, you would meet a translation office at every street corner.
Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:21 AM
The Tapu is in our name,and we used a London based lawyer with offices in Bodrum and Mugla.
Trouble is they tend to use interns and you speak to a different person every month or so although they are reputable and have acted in recent high profile deeds problems on behalf of owners in Altinkum.
I have the buyers registration number and date for his application to the Military so this seems in order.
I am just wondering if any other buyers/sellers are expierencing similar delay problems?
All the best,