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  1. Giving an update on this situation .... In the end I got someone privately to take a look at the electricity as the real estate agent just read the request message and never replied. I also was able to contact the owner of the apartment via WhatsApp and he promised to send someone to look at the solar. This took 2 weeks before someone showed up.... and said he was there to fix the electricity. The communication with his only Turkish, my only English in person... assisted by someone who spoke limited English on WhatsApp continued for quite a few minutes and seemed more like a SCAM than anything else. I explained that there was nothing else wrong with the electricity and it was the solar.... he opened the fuse box, did absolutely nothing and the person on the phone told me to pay him 80TL and take it from the rent. More trying to get the solar fixed I again tried to explain the real issue... so he took a look at the internal water heater inside instead. Turned it on and tried to explain the water was working for heating. At this point I knew I wasn't getting anywhere so I just said ok so he could leave. Now magically the guy on WhatsApp said to pay the electrician 100TL and take it from the rent. I managed to get the guys name and number and sent him a message directly telling him I'm not paying anything and especially without an invoice. He kept insisting to pay it and I don't need an invoice to the point that he realized I wasn't going to pay for "no work done", and eventually said he'll pay it himself and I just pay the rent as normal. Subsequently contacted the owner of the apartment to see if he knew anything about this situation and he too read the message without reply. Just amazing and a bit funny the lengths people will go to scam someone and avoid repairs.
  2. Thanks Ken for the details. Will be sure to keep you all posted on what happens.
  3. Thanks for the details and suggestions Justin. I'll work on contacting them again next week and see what happens.
  4. Thanks very much for that advice. Will try again and see what happens.
  5. After renting for a few months with no real issues... the apartment then developed 2 electrical issues. Two lights stopped working and I replaced one no problem as that would fall under "my" responsibility. However the other one can't be replaced as it was wired in somehow and would require an electrician to be removed. Also some of the electrical sockets stopped working around the same time. Checked the fuses, reset them and still not working. Contacted the agent who then took over a week to contact the landlord / owner and I was told that I need to pay to make the repairs and "if" they think it's a fault of the apartment then I can submit the information to see "if" I would be credited for the money spent. The solar heater also stopped working for over two weeks and not sure if it's worth bringing that up. Based on the experience of the community here.... is it safe to say that the Turkish law is not like the USA or UK law where these types of repairs are handled by property owners?
  6. Thanks very much. I'll try to give them a call on Monday to see what they say.
  7. Hi Justin Thanks for the information. Trying to have them shipped to the Caribbean. The closest place that said they can do it was in London as individual shipments or in a large box but so far no companies in Turkey shipping there.
  8. Are they any reliable companies in Antalya or even Istanbul that ship items worldwide? My contract in Turkey is almost up and after after accumulating so many things over the time here was trying to find a company to ship either large boxes or even a barrel. So far I've only seen companies that offer FCL, LCL or DHL size packages but nothing in between. Trying to stick to ocean freight if possible. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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