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Goreme1990

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  1. Thank you Ken and everyone for your comments. I only just saw this post today.
  2. That's good to know. Good luck and let us know if you get your parcels.
  3. You will have to ask at the PTT. In the past you could send things to any post office, anywhere, poste restante. The item would be held by the post office and you would have to go and pick it up. With this method they don't tell you when it arrives, you just have to guess and ask them. Poste restante is postrestant in Turkish. If you have enough Turkish you can go and ask them Postrestant var mi? and if they say yes ask, Postrestant adres beni yazabilir mi? (Can you write the poste restante address for me). However the most secure way is to give your home or work address.
  4. 22 April is not a holiday in Turkey so the PTT and Banks will be open. Please note that 23 April is a holiday. At the PTT you can send items like letters and envelopes by normal mail or boxes and larger things by cargo. How much it costs depends on the weight and dimensions of the item and who fast you want it delivered.
  5. Like Redders said, if you are a foreigner in Turkey and you want to use a phone, wherever it's from, you need to register your yabanci kimlik number with the service provider.
  6. You also have to register if you have a pay as you go SIM card. I successfully added my TC Kimlik number using the Digital Operator link provided by Turkcell.
  7. Any imam can conduct a religious wedding ceremony in Turkey but it is not a legal binding marriage contract and gives no legal rights to either party.
  8. Avcilar is about one and half hours from Zincirlikuyu (which is near lots of vibrant areas) and is a very Turkish district. Unless your mother is fluent in Turkish or already has a good social network in Istanbul she might feel isolated. Your budget for a 3 bedroom apartment is quite low unless you pick remote suburbs. The price difference could be down to the number of metres squared, the quality of the materials used, if the apartment is in a site which includes a gatehouse, parking, gym and pool and lots of other variables. If you do buy a new property make sure the iskan (habitation certificate) has already been issued, use you own lawyer (not one recommended by the real estate agent selling the house) and make sure to check the tapu (title deed) information against the seller's kimlik (ID card).
  9. Before you can ships things into Turkey you will need to have a residence permit. Then, you can bring in one shipment of personal belongings tax free, provided you do this no less than 2 months and no more than 6 months after your last entry into the country.
  10. I just completed this quiz. My Score was 93/100 and my time was 283 seconds  
  11. Goreme1990

    Wrong calculation?

    Ibrahim this calculator is really helpful. http://gibba.co.uk/index1.php
  12. Thanks Chris, This is really helpful. Lisa
  13. Thanks Chris. Maybe we can catch up again when we head your way next year.
  14. Hi Everyone, We might be doing a jaunt through some Greek islands next year, around May. We want to get from Meis to Kas by ferry. Will there be any Turkish run boats we can get from Greece to Turkey? Price and weblink would be great. Thanks. Lisa
  15. I don't know the answer to your last question. At the moment it appears the Turkish government is responding to the influx of Syrians and other immigrants & refugees into Istanbul by applying stricter, more limited grounds under which you can get a residence permit in order to ensure everyone there is entitled to be there. I think you should ask the uni (?) where you'll be doing the internship about your particular situation. As they are in Turkey they can call 157, the number for the department that deals with residence & work permit questions. The problem as I see it is timing. Even if you meet the criteria for a residence permit, you mightn't get an appointment until after your planned date to leave the country, which will make your final month in Turkey (assuming you stay only 4 months), illegal.
  16. Hi Nathaniel, I know people have done this in the past, but I have no idea if it is legal. I suspect that it isn't. Turkey has a pretty sophisticated immigration entry/exit record keeping system and keeps track of individuals' coming and goings. Lisa
  17. Hi Ken, In Istanbul now you don't get an appointment at the time you apply online. You get told the appointment date a few weeks later (or longer). As has always been the case, the appointment can be anywhere from 2 months to 6 months later. The problem for Nathaniel is that although having the appointment paper makes you legal to stay in Turkey after your e-visa expires, if you leave before actually completing the appointment (and requested and received permission to leave Turkey for 15 days - this paper is no longer given automatically and now takes a few days to get), you are considered to have overstayed. Just getting an appointment for an ikamet makes your stay legal but not your exit, if you leave Turkey after your e-visa has expired but before your ikamet appointment. Lisa
  18. Hi Nathaniel, I think you've been in contact with me via my blog. If you are the same person I know you will be coming to Istanbul. In that case, it is highly unlikely you can apply for and be granted a residence permit within the 4 months you are in Turkey. If you don't get it within the 4 months you will be considered to have overstayed your tourist visa, and possibly fined when you exit the country. Also, give the new rules of getting a residence permit in Istanbul (introduced a few months ago), unless you have a formal work contract, own immovable property or have a Turkish spouse, you are likely not to be granted one. You might want to rethink how long you plan to stay in Istanbul. Lisa
  19. Thank you for your faith in me Ken!
  20. Hi Eddie, According to Turkish law you will need to use a Turkish accredited guide. I can put you in touch with someone who might be able to help if you like.
  21. Yes they do. They knock the old building down and dig a new hole and pour new foundations. The question is whether the concrete is any good.
  22. The developer always builds a new building with more apartments than in the original building. For example, in my building (still not finished) there were originally 10 apartments and 2 shops. The new building will have 18 apartments and 2 shops. The extra 8 apartments belong to the developer. This is how they make a profit.
  23. Interesting is not the word I would use! Initial talks were held about three years ago and the building was only just been knocked down in March of this year. In between we had numerous arguments (I have written a 3000 word essay on this I can't get published - I don't think anyone believes what I've written can possibly be true) and delays, including waiting for the son of one owner to get a POA. This process was initially held up because of summer court hiatus, then a first POA was granted but it was another 6 months before the son had permission to sign the contract on his mother's behalf. Just when that was about to happen, she died, so we had to wait for the inheritance to be sorted out (also delayed because of summer court hiatus). Just when everything seemed set to go, another owner died. In the meantime, we had to pay out our kapici who was retiring after 23 odd years (no one is exactly sure how long which led to, you guessed it, delays). As many of the owners were waiting to sign the redevelopment contract to get their rent and moving expenses money from the developer which they would then use to pay the kapici, that too was delayed. The poor man was living on nothing and naturally threatened to sue us. I paid him all the money on time and even now don't know what is happening with his court case and whether I'll be in trouble too even though I haven't done anything wrong. In theory our building will take 9-12 months to build but insallah, I will believe it when I see it.
  24. I don't think any of us can tell you the average age of buildings in Istanbul. Maybe the IBB has that information. As to your other questions, provided a person legally owns (has a tapu in their name) an apartment in a building that is to be knocked down and rebuilt, they will be paid an agreed amount by the developer for moving expenses and rent for the period it takes to rebuild. How much and for how long will be determined in negotiations made and specified in the contract. Usually owners don't need to pay more money for the new apartment, unless of course this is negotiated with the developer because, for example. the new apartments will be bigger. However, if an owner doesn't agree to having the building knocked down and redeveloped, and they are in the minority, their apartment will be offered for sale to the other owners. If the other owners don't want to buy it, TOKI takes it over and auctions it off. This only happens if a person absolutely refuses to agree to the redevelopment but the majority of home owners want it.
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