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  1. That happened to me. The landlord didn't raise my rent for six years, and I was paying rent way below what I should have been paying. In my case, I liked the landlord and understood his situation, so I agreed to a rent increase commensurate with what I would be paying (actually a bit less). Even though I could have refused and continued staying at a very low rent price, I personally decided to pay what I thought was fair. Besides, I wasn't planning to stay there more than one year, and I had been reaping the financial benefits of having a very low rent for a few years. It just seemed to be the right thing to do. Actually I forgot to mention an important point which may affect others who read this topic. A tenant can stay in a rental property for ten years and renew the contract every year, and can't be kicked out as long as they pay their rent and don't damage anything. After ten years the landlord can unilaterally end the contract and create a completely new contract, at whatever level of rent he or she wants. Regardless of the inflation rate. But in this case the tenant has only been there for five years, so the landlord can't do that. If they threaten to cut off the electricity, remove the toilets, doors, etc., which some landlords may threaten to do, that is also illegal.
    2 points
  2. The landlord cannot by law increase the rent by that much. He can only increase it by the increase in the inflation index which averages the producer price index and the consumer price index. See these topics for more information: There's no negotiation involved, it's the law. The landlord cannot object, and no matter how aggressive he is, he doesn't have a leg to stand on with this. The law is on your mother's side.
    2 points
  3. That is a very good question which is why a legal representative here in Turkey is extremely important to act on your behalf. A legal representative in Turkey would help you to secure your position by taking the fund into its trust account and would not release it until all procedures have been completed. We urge our clients not to do full payment directly to seller's account until official papers are ready by the property title deed (tapu) office. Besides, it is also very important to have a proper legal audit over the unit if there is any charge/encumbrance or other negative records which reduce the value of the target property. Indeed, you might be interested in buying a property (by doing online check over the listings, pictures etc), but it may turn out that that property has charges (mortgage, bank loan, 3rd person claims etc) on the official records which the debt is sometimes equal to the purchase price. As a result of the title transfer, you become the debtor against 3rd parties as the new property owner and this happens to be devastating.
    2 points
  4. Goreme is correct. A student residence permit doesn't contribute to the eight years of residence required for a long-term residence permit. The other types, or a work permit, does. The duration of a short-term residence permit is up to two year, but the immigration specialist handling your case can give you less, for example, one year. The "touristic" short-term residence permit also applies to foreigners who are renting their property. But they can be extended indefinitely. I, for example, have been living in Turkey as a renter for around 20 years with a touristic short-term residence permit. I have just now applied for the long-term residence permit. So it doesn't matter if you're applying for the short-term residence permit after graduation. It is still a short-term residence permit, regardless of the purpose. So you would need to get a short-term residence permit and live in Turkey with it for at least eight years without a significant interruption. A significant interruption is: Being outside of Turkey for more than a total of 365 days during the previous five years before the date of your application Being outside of Turkey for more than 180 days in any one year from the sixth to the eighth year before the date of your application An exception is made if you were outside of Turkey for education, health reasons, or compulsory national service.
    2 points
  5. We haven't had mail for several years. Whenever my bankcard needs renewing, it never arrives. So I have to call my bank in Australia & they send a replacement by cargo (only took 3 days last time). I've given up on snail mail, everything gets done electronically now!
    2 points
  6. Minister Fahrettin Koca took to Twitter to announce that because of production problems, deliveries of Biontech were suffering delays. He therefore recommended the population not to go to the hospitals to get the vaccine without an appointment. He also pointed out that these problems would not last long and that there was no shortage of Sinovac. Source: Sozcu
    1 point
  7. If you hold a valid Student RP you can within 60 days of expiry make a 'transfer' application [not renewal or 1st application] for a Short Term RP if thats what you want.
    1 point
  8. You should be able to apply for a touristic short-term residence permit, then explain your situation to the immigration specialist when you have your interview. Then enroll in classes, then transfer to a student residence permit. There should be no need to cancel your admission. This is a very specialized question you're asking. So you should contact the immigration office at 157 to learn for sure what you must do.
    1 point
  9. I can't find any information about that specific situation. The only thing I can find is that it doesn't matter if you live outside of the country. Take a look at the bottom of that article again and you'll see a link for the government organization to contact. You should get your information directly from them rather than taking the chance that some other information is wrong or outdated.
    1 point
  10. Sorry I cannot compare, I use internet banking, but not mobile, as I hate these HUGE smartphones. My wife has one, but generally, we prefer internet banking. We are more than happy with Garanti, their internet banking is more than we need, we have used it for paying bills, paying traffic fines, money transfers to pay bills, or send money to our other accounts, to receive money from, and send money to our banks in the UK. The English provision is also good.
    1 point
  11. So I just withdrew money from my Wise transfer and no fee with Garanti Bank. No fee for opening my account, depositing money or withdrawing money. I suspect that most banks here are the same.?
    1 point
  12. In my opinion, YapıKredi has an excellent website and app. You can do pretty much anything with it, and it's rather intuitive. It can also be used in English.
    1 point
  13. Mimi, The main reason why the property prices have significantly increased is because of the destructive inflation rate on the Turkish Lira over the past couple of years. Due to the nature of the inflation of the local currency, properties are not the only one whose price have changed but all items that are subject to purchase is no longer at reasonable prices. When it comes to a comparison between Kusadasi and Izmir, it is more of an apples & oranges topic. You can compare Kusadasi with other seaside towns, such as, Didim, Cesme, Bodrum etc. but Izmir is not a good versus against Kusadasi, given that it has around 5 million population and offers many opportunities such as job, events etc, but on the other hand you can't find the same peace and chill life style that you can experience in small seaside towns like Kusadasi, Didim etc. So, it is more of a choice between living in downtown and country side, where both have advantegous & disadvantageous. Please share with us if you have any specific questions, I would be happy to share my personal experiences as a local person living in Izmir. Good luck,
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  14. Torn between protecting lives and livelihoods, as well as keeping their political images afloat, most governments are struggling to get people vaccinated as soon as possible. It is no secret now, that immunization is the only way to keep new infections at bay, and that the more the virus circulates, the more the probabilities of its mutating into a version fitter for survival, and hence more prone to outsmart the barrier that the current vaccines provide. The Delta variant, though not necessarily more devastating, is by far more contagious: the viral load of an individual suffering from Delta is estimated to be 1,000 times higher than common Covid. This viral load peaks at approximately 3.7 days from exposure to detection, during the phase when individuals present no symptoms. This means that we can make others sick more quickly, more efficiently and that the time frame of PCR tests should be shortened to 48 hours. As for populations, everyone is completely fed up with masking, social distancing, and any other preventive measures. Vaccine hesitancy, brought about by the different levels of distrust with which such measures are met, and the inability of different authorities of translating scientific jargon into something meaningful, add to the list of factors that complicate the already difficult situation. So, how are Europe and the U.S.coping with Delta? France: Currently undergoing a rise of 125% in cases per 100,000 per week with 80% of infections attributable to Delta. Macron's proposed compulsory vaccination for health workers plan met with 100,000 people taking to the streets to oppose it. As of today, the first phase of the health pass (digital evidence of certificate or negative pcr) comes into force with hefty fines and even prison for noncompliance. A target of 50 million first dose jabs to be administered until the end of August. Vaccination of the 12-17 group as of June 1st: only 20% showed up to receive the first dose and thus will not be fully protected until the end of October. Spain: Currently undergoing the perfect storm: Easter holidays; end of term student vacations; low rate of full vaccination (only 7.2%), and relaxation of preventive measures. Official figures say the strain accounts for 11% of cases which was met with skepticism by the experts who put the figure at 32% at least. Delta is now dominant in four main regions and many of them are considering reinstating measures to contain the spike in infections in the +15-30 group. To make matters worse, 40% of +60's are not fully vaccinated as well as 25% of the 40's-60's group who have only had one dose. England: On Monday, and despite the rise in infections - some 50,000 daily cases-, restrictions have been lifted, including masking and social distancing. 69% of the population have received one jab and 52% are fully vaccinated. Whether betting strongly on herd immunity or high vaccination rates and perhaps hoping Covid has become a manageable threat, England is opening its economy. The government is being accused of recklessly exposing the population and running the risk of creating the conditions for the emergence of a new vaccine defense evading variant. The U.S.: 83% of cases are now caused by Delta, strain which has been identified in all 50 states. 49% of the population is fully vaccinated but the increase in infections is more dramatic in areas with relaxed precautions and higher vaccine hesitancy. Hospitalizations have increased. The majority are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people. The CDC reported that preliminary data suggested that 99.5% of deaths were unvaccinated people thus confirming Scottish findings: this strain is twice as likely to lead to hospitalization.
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  15. I've applied for and extended my residence permit many times, and I have never been asked about religion. And there's nothing about religion on my ID card. In fact I've never been asked about religion in any interaction with the Turkish government. This may have been something they did in the past, but they don't do it now.
    1 point
  16. IbrahimAbi

    residence permit

    I wouldn't expect anything to happen this week as it is Bayram. I think you will see changes in status from Monday
    1 point
  17. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in its threat assessment brief on the Delta variant has projections that indicate that, since it is more transmissible, by the end of August, 90% of infections in the EU will have been caused by this variant. Their modeling scenarios also confirm the following: Because of the increase in circulation of Delta, the overall risk of infection is considered to be low for fully vaccinated individuals and high to very high for partially or unvaccinated people. Any relaxation of preventive measures could lead to a fast and significant increase in daily cases in all age groups. Full vaccination of all age groups should be achieved as early as possible to reduce hospitalizations and deaths, thus keeping incidence at manageable levels. Older age groups (+50) and those with underlying co-morbidities are more likely to be hospitalized. Properly identifying and monitoring circulating Covid types is crucial for the early detection of emerging variants. Source: ECDC
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  18. We have used (transfer) Wise several times over the last year. I am pleased with the clarity, they tell you what you will get, and what you will pay in commission. The money arrives as they say it will, and you can track it every step of the way. (I am transferring from a UK bank, not US). It is a bit of a fiddle to set up, but bear with it, after the initial proof of who you are, it is so simple, and relatively secure. My UK bank would want at least £25 per transaction, I pay a fraction of that with Wise, and get a good rate. The only issue though, as it has to arrive in TL, is to transfer only what you will spend in the upcoming month.
    1 point
  19. MrMan, Thanks for your message. As you and Ken have discussed with details, landlords right to increase rent is limited to the extent of consumer index rate ("TÜFE" in Turkish language). In your example, your calculation which you posted with a screenshot seems to be accurate. Thus, legally speaking, as long as you make the payment with TÜFE index increase once per year, then landlord has no legal ground to take a legal action against you. What landlord can do is, if he/she believes that the rent that you are currently paying is much lower than market price of other similar units, then landlord can go to court and ask judge to do adjustment (increase) over the rate. However, this is quite an exceptional legal way which could be used if the circumstances have been significantly changed since you made the contract in the beginning, for e.g, a new road / an underway metro / a shopping mall has been opened around the unit etc. All the best,
    1 point
  20. What the notary can do is ensure delivery of your messages. They do this with a "notarial notice." You go to a notary and with them draw up what you need to tell the landlord or whoever you're communicating with. The notary then puts the notarial notice in the envelop and sends it, by registered mail, to the landlord's address, and they sign for it. In this way, the delivery and the contents of the envelope are certified by the notary, so there's no way the landlord can say they weren't notified or that the letter inside said something different. If they don't receive it there are other parts of the law which constitute a legal notification and delivery, so there's no way they can get out of it. I don't know if you would need this, since basically the landlord has no legal feet to stand on anyway. For example, my lawyer said I didn't have to do anything. Just keep paying the rent and pay any legal rent increase when it comes. So it seems to me (this is my opinion) that it doesn't matter if the landlord is notified of anything or not. The terms of the original contract stand, and the landlord signed it, so he's already "notified" of its terms. He can't just unilaterally change them later. If you want to find a notary, see this. The law concerning this is Law No. 6570. You can do some searching on it, but I think it best that our community lawyer, Mr. Ender Keleş, comment on this because laws get amended from time-to-time and it's best to get the most current advice. I'll send Mr. Keleş a message and notify him of this topic and ask him to comment. He subscribes to the legal forums and gets notifications of posts in them, but not to this forum. If you do find you need a lawyer, I highly recommend Mr. Keleş.
    1 point
  21. Goreme1990

    Izban Cards

    Thanks for this information Ken, it's very useful. We expect to have a great time! It's my birthday next Saturday and his in August and we are looking forward to being out and about, swimming and eating out. Masked and socially distanced as required of course!
    1 point
  22. Thank you . All resolved and thank you for your excellent advice !!
    1 point
  23. Thanks Ken for very clear and swift response. Regards
    1 point
  24. Mike Beswick

    Resident renewal

    Hi Ken thanks for the reply apparently there is a technical fault with the website if anyone else tries to check their status of application and nothing shows go back to the home page and then recheck status of application and bingo it shows up thankfully along with my Ptt tracking number ! We are in Bodrum Mugla and my wife's card was very quick although I did collect it from the Ptt depot as we was passing anyway .
    1 point
  25. It seems to me that you should be able to continue using a hotel as your address. A hotel room is a legally registered address in Turkey's central address system. So you should be able to renew your residence permit with your hotel room as your address. There is no restriction concerning how long a foreigner can stay in a hotel and use it as their address. To use a hotel as your address, you need a stamped and signed, or digitally signed, letter from the hotel management, using their hotel letterhead, which says your dates of stay, the address of the hotel, and your room number. If you don't have an ending date of stay that should be okay too. When you go to your appointment, if there is any problem or the immigration specialist wants more information, they will tell you and give you time to get whatever document they want. Then you can bring it back to the immigration specialist (no appointment required). I would also encourage you to call 157 (from any telephone in Turkey) to ask this same question.
    1 point
  26. After I posted that I was thinking I should have mentioned something about that! Since its beginning in 2002, There has never been a security breach of Turkey Central. Please indulge me as I brag a bit about the security level here... Turkey Central uses the Invision Community platform. It's a top-of-the-line, paid-for community platform, also used by NBC Warner Bros. Reuters The National Hockey League The National Football League Jenny Craig Lego Sega Evernote Gibson (the guitar maker) AVG (the antivirus company) Among other famous companies and organizations. The Invision Community platform also has top-of-the-line security features. Invision Community monitors their communities in use and sends out alerts if there are any potential security vulnerabilities. So besides me, there are a bunch of guys in Lynchburg, Virginia (USA) looking after our community in the same way they look after the communities of NBC and Reuters. Yesterday, when I upgraded the community, Invision Power recommended that I change a setting so users must sign in with their e-mail addresses instead of their display names (as I explained above). Perhaps it was in an abundance of caution on their part (and mine). But I want to be 100% sure, at all times, that there are zero security vulnerabilities on Turkey Central.
    1 point
  27. Here's a comprehensive article about it from a Turkish law firm: https://www.asylegal.com/new-decision-from-immigration-authority-regarding-touristic-residence-permits/?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=LinkedIn-integration According to that article, if your country isn't on the list, you must justify that your stay in Turkey is for other than touristic reasons. It seems to be unclear what that means, since anybody who rents their property generally gets a touristic residence permit. So I don't know if that means you can have a touristic residence permit and a good reason to stay, or if you have to get a short-term residence permit for another reason. I think it would be best if you call the helpline at 157 to be sure.
    1 point
  28. I have been thinking of applying the Long-Term Residence Permit because I’ve been living in İzmir, Turkey since September 2013, so roughly it’s around 8 years. However, I’ve been returning to my country Indonesia 5 times, mostly during summer holiday, and if I remember correctly when I returned to Turkey on September 2014 when I was still a student, my student residence permit expired about 2-3 weeks prior my arrival in Turkey. Therefore I entered the country with an e-visa, and later renewed my student RP. The last time I went back to my country was 2018 for 3 months, again when I was still holding a student RP. Fast forward to today, I’m no longer a student and currently holding a short-term RP which will expire on mid September this year. However I don’t plan to go back to my country yet because the pandemic situation there is getting worse day by day. So, the main question for this post is, do such interruptions mentioned above reset the 8 years count to be eligible for applying long-term RP? If yes, then which short-term RP should I apply for if I want to stay longer in Turkey for at least 6 months?
    1 point
  29. Yeah unfortunately, thank you very much for the information... I guess the only option for me is to apply for short-term RP for touristic purpose because my current short-term RP purpose is “for the foreigners who are going to apply within 6 months upon graduation” which can only be applied once. Normally how long is the duration of short-term RP for touristic purpose? Can I even apply such RP after my current short-term RP purpose?
    1 point
  30. Yes you have reset your 8 years. Now your 8 years starts from the day you got your current RP. You should apply for 2yr RPs from now on and not be out of the country for long. Check the length of time you can be out of the country and not classed as an interruption.
    1 point
  31. As far as I remember, student RPs do not count towards long-term residence permits so you will need to have been in Turkey for 8 years on other types of permits to meet the requirements.
    1 point
  32. I also use a post office box. It costs me maybe 20 TL per year. But that way I can be sure it doesn't get lost or stolen because it never leaves the postal system. Unfortunately without registered mail you won't be able to track it, but it would at least improve the odds that you'll receive it. Just as an additional note for anyone else reading this, cargo companies can't ship to a post office box. So any mail sent to a post office box has to be done through the mail system.
    1 point
  33. Sorry to hear about your mail problem Adrianus. If you live in a small village the local post office will probably not deliver to you. The best thing you can do is ask at the post office for a Post Office Box (Posta Kutusu). You will have to pay for it of course but they are cheap, you will then have a regular service and you will have to check the box to see what is there on a regular basis. Before I had a post office box I used to have to check at the local mosque where the incoming mail was thrown on the floor by the door.
    1 point
  34. I double-checked on this with a new arrival to Antalya. He doesn't have his foreigner identification number yet. In fact, he hasn't even gone to his appointment. He was able to set up electricity and water accounts with his passport, his rental contract, and the numbers from the water and electricity meters.
    1 point
  35. Ken Grubb

    Rent renewal

    If you have been paying your rent and have not violated the contract, you have the right to stay there and rent the place for ten years. Even if the rental contract states it is for one year at a time, because rental contracts are considered to renew automatically for ten years. After ten years, if the landlord wants you to leave, he must send you a legal notification through a notary. The only way he can kick you out before ten years is if you have broken the contract, not paid the rent, etc. So if you have not broken the rental contract, and have been paying your rent, the landlord can increase the rent as explained above, but you don't have to worry about being kicked out. An average of the ÜFE (Producer Price Index) and the TÜFE (Consumer Price Index) for the previous twelve months is used to set the maximum amount that a landlord can raise the rent. You can negotiate for less. So the February amount in the table would be the average of the ÜFE and TÜFE from February 2018 through January 2019. So if that average is 16.33%, then that is the maximum amount the landlord can increase your rent.
    1 point
  36. Hi all Just want to share a current experience with a landlord attempting to increase the rent by 146%! After reading some topics on here with awesome advice and links I now feel more equipped to handle the situation. Thank you so much! Notably Ken! Anyway, my elderly and retired Mother has been renting a 1+1 apartment for the past 5 years. Landlord has increased the rent by 100tl each year. Last year she never increased it out of goodwill because of Covid and we were very grateful. Mum currently pays 1500tl. Always on time and apartment is in top condition. However, recently the landlord’s uncle called my mother and was very abusive and aggressive from the onset stating he / they will be increasing the rent to 3000tl. But out of goodwill he will only charge her 2200tl from October (tenancy renewal date). First, he said if she doesn’t agree, she will be out in 5 days. Then said If she doesn’t agree, he will take legal action and she will have to be out the apartment at the end of the tenancy date while she pays for all of his legal costs. His behaviour was strange as mum has always had a great relationship with him and the landlord. I’m absolutely furious! They are trying to intimidate and scare an elderly woman into paying what they demand (which she can’t afford) or leave out of fear. I wonder if the landlord and her uncle know the law or not. After doing some research online and on this forum, I can see what he is asking for is illegal and the maximum they can raise it to is 1718tl. I’m heading over to turkey myself soon to deal with the matter as I don’t want to communicate with them while my mother is there on her own as I don’t know what they might try and do. I’m going to offer to pay them 1750tl and tell them she will move out within 6 months from October until she finds a new place. As this would be part way through the new tenancy, I’m not sure if they will allow this so we want some assurance they won’t go after her for the remaining year’s rent. Plus, there is the risk of them withholding her deposit out of spite. This is the 3rd time we have had issues with Landlords there. Does anyone have any further advice please? Thanks!
    0 points
  37. I am facing a huge problem that regular mail sent to me from Europe does not reach my house in Turkey. Somewhere is the distribution chain it gets lost. To this extend I have never received a letter in 10 months. Unfortunately these items include important documents regarding insurances, salary payments, but also postcards from family. What is your thought on this? Does the mail gets lost in transit? Or during the distribution chain in Turkey? I did contact PTT in this issue, but they claim there is no issue and all mail is delivered accurately. I know using registered services and couriers are more reliable, but this option is not available.
    0 points
  38. I would be wary of bundles. Years ago I signed up to a TV and internet bundle with one major company whose name begins with a 'D'. After 3 weeks they contacted me and told me that, as I was a foreigner (with residence permit), they could not activate the internet. They requested me to return the equipment (which I did, and got a signature), they would cancel the contract. They then hounded me with up to 7 different lawyers for several years because I had not made the monthly payments for the service that they had cancelled.
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