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  1. I came to Turkey 3 weeks ago and I have lived here in Muratpaşa Antalya since then. I also was wondering how they were delivered. The way to be delivered in my apartment is same as yours. Yesterday, I found the water bill at the ground floor near elevator. It was a random place. Out of many bills, I found mine and someone put the electrical bill today in the exact same way. My suppliers are same as yours, CK Akdeniz and ASAT. I logged into my Ziraat bank account with a mobile banking and as soon as put the account number for water and electrical, there was already my name, address and the amount of due. Just simple click few times and that was it. There was no fees. It was pretty straight forward. On the actual bill, the water printed on October 14 and the electrical printed on October 15. Hopefully, this helps you.
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  2. No I don't, we pay all bills by direct debit or occasionally internet banking. We pay the water bill cash to the guy who reads the meter.
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  3. Generally it is often difficult to pay with a non Turkish credit card. Even Turkish debit cards are sometimes no accepted for on-line purchases. As far as I know the PTT only accepts cash. In my opinion this is your best option until you have a bank account.
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  4. Presumably abandoned after commission was paid! I would either ask a neighbour who the yonetici is, and go to see them, or go back to the agent
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  5. Can confirm, for Antalya, CK Akdeniz electricity does not require ikamet. ASAT water does not require ikamet. CK Akdeniz only seem to require the DASK insurance number and the passport. ASAT requires TAPU and passport I think, also DASK. Turk Telekom home internet is where the BS comes in, you MUST have an ikamet if you want the name of the utility to be under yourself. If you have a turkish friend with a Kimlik or somebody with an Ikamet you can use theirs. Hence the importance to make good friends hahaha. Same for cell phone numbers, Ikamet required. No gas at my apt, one has to get a gas cannister subscription at the local gas delivery company and I don't have a need for that right now.
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  6. I would not ship items of sentimental value, I would bring them with me. DHL or UPS are options, but they will only hold them for about 3 days, so best to get someone to send them to you after you arrive here. Anything you send may be liable for customs fees. I know someone who had a major hassle getting a parcel out of customs, and it was only a cheap spare part for his car.
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  7. Your residence permit will be sent by registered mail, so the postal person will ring your doorbell and have you sign for it. They are not supposed to leave it there or give it to anybody else. As for mail, we have mailboxes in our building but the security is terrible. So I went to the post office and opened a post office box (posta kutusu). It only costs me like 20 TL per year. That way I know my mail is secure and not left in the lobby. But I have to go to the post office and check my mail regularly. Another issue is that you can't receive packages from cargo carriers like DHL or FedEx at a post office box. Only mail send through a government official mail system.
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  8. Hi there. so the way it works here in Kepez Antalya is basically that the utility bills from CK Akdeniz, ASAT will be delivered BY HAND and be tucked onto the ringer at the 0th Floor elevator entrance. So do you guys know, especially ones who use CK Deniz and ASAT, at what time of the month will these physical paper utility faturas be delivered to door at the building entrance? Turk Telekom salesperson seems to have selected e-delivery and the fatura will be mailed to my email...
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  9. Read the policy to see what it covers and doesn't cover. The policies issued only to meet the minimum requirements for a residence permit are somewhat limited. They are even more limited in the first year, since the insurance companies use that first year to filter out any pre-existing problems. In the second year, the same policy covers a lot more. The policies issued for residence permits are all the same, regardless of what company you buy your policy from. The price changes from company to company depending on what the company thinks they can get for it. Again, these policies issued for foreigners needing residence permits only meet minimum standards and have limited coverage in the first year. If you want more comprehensive coverage, you'll need to buy a private health insurance policy that meets and exceeds the minimum coverage requirements. If you are interested in buying one of these more expensive policies let me know. We have a health insurance company who issues health insurance policies for Turkey Central members.
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  10. Please read this article and ask questions if anything is unclear. This article explains everything I have learned from reading the citizenship law, the documents implementing the law, conversations with personnel at the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or "nufüs") and various foreigners who have gone through the citizenship process :
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  11. What I know is that if you're coming from the USA, you'll have to go to a Turkish driving school. They have course materials in English. And the school will arrange for you to get a Turkish driver's license.
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  12. Actually, the teller and the manager at Ziraat clearly told me that I could withdraw more than 30k but would need to let them know in advance so that they could prepare the cash.
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  13. I am sorry to hear you have had a hard time for all the works. I have not transferred 30k. I just wanted to see if the transaction was easy. I transferred some money from CAD account to TL account. Since my accounts are chequing account and t is not the locked account, it was straight forward.
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  14. I am also using Turk Telecom for home internet. Since I have not applied ikamet yet (I will do it next week) I asked my landlord to open it for 1 year contract and I paid ONE YEAR payment to the landlord up front so that I do not worry about the monthly payment.
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  15. Like I mentioned earlier, I came to Turkey 3 weeks ago. I went to Ziraat Bank in Kepez since I was staying hotel at Kepez. I brought my passport, tax number, temporary home address which was a hotel, and some cash (Canadian currency). They asked me the same thing, 30k TL deposit for 3 months. Since I took little more than that, there was no issue. They opened CAD account and TL account without a deposit. I had some misunderstandings but it was okay because I was a new comer, and I fixed it at other branch after I moved to Muratpaşa.
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  16. I've got the electronic version bill from CK Akdeniz last night. When I subscribed hydro 3 weeks ago, I put my email address and it worked. I like it. I think if you let them know your email address, they will email you.
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  17. I received my first CK Akdeniz Fatura today on Oct 15 2021, same delivered at first floor. Still waiting on my first Asat bill and my first Turk Telekom Bill.
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  18. Fantastic information. How did you get your Ziraat bank account? Did they require your Ikamet or they opened it only with your PP and Vergi Numarasi and your Fatura? Any minimum initial deposit requirements at Ziraat? Which branch did you open it? Because the Kepez Ziraat I went to the bank clerk required a ridiculous 30k TL initial deposit lmfao.
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  19. The electricity meters are only read every 3 months, here the water is read every 2 months. I think the date will depend on the area you live in. We are in the country and the electricity meter tends to be read at weekend (it can even be a Sunday), April, July, October and January.
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  20. I'll probably stop by PTT to pay 3 bills at once... Do you know anywhere that charges less Fatura Odeme commissions than PTT?
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  21. Problem is when I went to Yapi Kredi Kepez Antalya branch I think near Gundogdu, the woman behind counter just straight up told me they don't open accounts for foreigners when I told them I wanted to open an account to pay bills... Also when I went to like 8 other banks they all basically said they can't open an account without a kimlik and IS Bank and QNB Finans required some extra ridiculous documents on top of Fatura, Kimlik and Pasaport. Ziraat bank in Kepez even required a 30000 TL deposit lmfao. Only 2 nice banks so far that only requires a Passport, a Vergi Numarasi and a Fatura are Kuveyt Turk and Vakif Katilim Bank (Not the yellow Vakif).
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  22. The issue is CK Adeniz and ASAT both requires a KIMLIK number for me to even register an account with them as an individual and I don't even have a KIMLIK hence they don't even seem to be able to open an online access account for me... My Turk Telekom internet is not under my name so at the payment page I can only use my friend's credit card which I don't have lol! Turk Telekom apparently only allows you to pay by credit card on their website using the registered user's own credit card which is ridiculous... AT&T let me use whoever I want who'd be willing to pay my bills using their credit cards...
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  23. Yapı Kredi bank gives you free banking if you pay 2 or more regular payments by direct debit (otomatik ödeme) each month. For the first one or two payments of utility bills when you get here it is not worth the hassle trying to avoid commission charges, the amount you save will not be worth it, you won't even save the price of a beer. And to be quite honest if you're that worried about not getting ripped off you should seriously consider whether you really want to leave the U.S. You are going to have to pay for some help one way or another whether you want to or not.
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  24. Try the websites of the utility providers. They should be listed on your bill. They normally have a bill inquiry function and an option to pay by credit card.
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  25. I am not from Antalya, but wonder how much you will save by paying directly to the provider. I think you may pay more in transport costs than you would in commission. After you get your account set up you can arrange direct debits from your TL current account to pay all of these. IMHO it is not worth the stress.
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  26. I've never heard of any service besides the PTT who offers private post office boxes. Keep in mind that Turkey isn't in the best of geographic neighbourhoods, so security is tighter on such things. If you open a post office box at the PTT and receive a package, they'll put a notification in your box telling you what window to go to. I don't think there is any other way of doing it other than having the items shipped to your home. And just as a reminder, if you want to do that, the items must be shipped by US Mail only. It would also be a good idea to send it in a way that the package can be tracked.
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  27. You should have been given a key to this along with the key to your apartment door, after you signed the contract. Ask the agent or the person who gave you the apartment key to get one for you. Failing that, most apartments have a manager (or yönetici), to whom you pay the monthly maintenance fee (Aidat), they should be able to supply one. Let us know how you get on
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  28. Oh what i meant isn't the apartment lock, it's the lock outside the building for the whole 8 units at my daire. Should yönetici have that? Maybe I'll just obtain a copy from him or her?
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  29. I think the previous owner of your unit would have that. You would have to contact them. Or check with the real estate agent. Maybe the yönetici (apartment manager) might have it, you could check and see. I suspect, though, that if you can't find a key, you will have to have the lock replaced. I recommend replacing the whole lock anyway. You cannot know how many people have access to whatever key(s) are out there, who they are, and what they might do with it. So to be on the safe side, change the lock.
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  30. The person you pay the Aydat (monthly maintenance payment) is either a person in your complex or a company. We just transitioned from a person to a company recently, so telling you about that might help. Previously, there was a resident-owner who volunteered to collect and keep the aydat payments and pay the bills. The person is called a yönetici (manager). To pay, I would go to their apartment and pay, and she would give me a receipt for each payment. I never asked to see any record of her management, but I assume she kept one. The duty transferred from one person to another as they volunteered. Eventually they couldn't find anybody to do it, so the latest one hired a maintenance company to take care of it. Then the new aydat fee was announced, and we were all given a bank account number to pay into, and the information about the company which was managing it. Either way, one of your neighbors would know who the yönetici is, the amount and procedures, so you would need to ask one of your neighbors who is handling it.
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  31. If you haven't been to your appointment yet, then unfortunately you haven't actually applied for a residence permit yet. The online registration is simply that... a registration. Your application isn't complete until you've submitted all of your documents as well. So you won't be able to get a foreigner ID until after you complete the application. They do issue foreigner IDs in advance, but from a conversation I had with an immigration specialist, they only do it if there is an urgent need for it. However, when you submit your documents at your appointment, you could ask them if they could give you a foreigner identification number early, and see what they say. Even with a foreigner identification number, you won't be able to get a "real" mobile phone account. I checked with TurkCell on that. However you could check with some of the other mobile phone service providers and see if they will. I've lived in Turkey for 20 years with a residence permit and they still won't give me a regular account.
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  32. YES! They say things like Allah Allah! or Allahımmm! Definitely the equivalent of OMG!
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  33. Islam is the religion, and a Muslim is a believer in Islam.
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  34. You can go early to your appointment and pay. There's a tax office cashier there. Do it before 3:15 PM though, because for some reason they close at that time. If you don't pay before your appointment it's no problem. The immigration specialist will just tell you to go and pay, then come back with the receipt. If the tax office is closed when your appointment is over, you can go back the next day and pay and take the receipt to the front desk.
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  35. Oh My God! I just remembered another saying that I and many Americans use that perhaps Turkish folks have a similar saying. It's a saying Americans use in just about any circumstance; Surprise, Shock, Wonder, Despair, Worry. It is a saying used almost unconsciously when no other words fit the moment. And i think this is particular to American culture although Canadians might use this saying on an almost daily basis like many Americans. Do Turks have a similar saying to Oh My God!
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  36. Nice one. Thanks for sharing!
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  37. Balık baştan kokuyor = The fish smells from the head down. Often used in referring to political corruption...
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  38. Solid info, real estate agent basically abandoned me as soon as the Tapu is signed... Will probably ask Yonetici once I encounter him or her.
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