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Ken Grubb

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  1. Have a look at the article about translating Turkish web pages with the Google Chrome browser and the Google Translate extension. Using that you can view the property pages in English. When I was looking for property in Alanya using Sahibinden.com, I used the drop-down list for the names of the districts in Alanya and made a list of them. Then I went to Google Maps, and one-by-one learned where these districts are. Then I deleted those districts from my list that were areas where I didn't want to live. That way I could refine my search for properties in areas I liked. I also clicked on a few markers for various local businesses near a property I was viewing to see the info and address in the left sidebar of Google maps. From that I could see what district the property was in and make sure it was on my list. One note though. You'll see a district called "Oba." In Google maps it shows it as being Northeast, away from the main part of Alanya. Technically, that is Oba. But there's another Oba that isn't among the addresses. That's the Oba where you'll find the Viking Restaurant. It used to be a lake called Oba Gölü (Oba Lake). But people in Alanya also call that area "Oba" or Oba Gölü." There is a large Russian community in Alanya, mostly based in Mahmutlar, with a lot of apartments and a beach. So your wife will be able to meet other Russians as well. You're right about the areas East of Alanya. There isn't much there, except for Anamur, which has a nice beach but the town is quite small. I've been to Mersin a few times and I don't think I would want to live there. It's a big city with a port but other than that, I don't think there's much to say about it. Thanks to you for your posts here. It makes the information in our community richer, and thousands of people read these topics even after they're no longer active.
  2. If you haven't heard of it, try www.sahibinden.com. They list both rental properties and properties for sale. For Alanya, I'd recommend waiting until October or later, since right now there are a lot of people renting places there. I like Alanya a lot. I just got back from staying two weeks there. It has the best beaches of any seaside town I've seen in Turkey, that is, of those seaside towns that aren't dead during the winter months. There's a popular restaurant/bar you might check out in Alanya, called the "Viking." There's at least one other by the same name so make sure you go to the one in Oba. It's a a popular place with expats and a good place to get to know people and make friends. They have trivia nights during the winter, and karaoke (if you're into that) all year, and also musical performances. There's an excellent American guitarist who plays there on Sunday evenings--guitar, mandolin, trumpet, violin. I've been considering moving there myself from where I am now, in Antalya. I don't know how much time you've had in Turkey so far, but if there's anything I can to to help you retire in Turkey feel free to post in the forums. I'll keep an eye out for your posts.
  3. Unfortunately, you can't use such a short-term rental for a residence permit application. I called the immigration office about this a few months ago and they said you must have at least a one-year rental contract. Secondly, shot-term rentals like Air B&B are actually illegal in Turkey, unless the property is a hotel or is being rented by a licensed agency which follows the same reporting requirements as a hotel. People still advertise properties in Turkey on Air B&B and similar sites, but if they're not a licensed agency, it's illegal. And they can't be used as an address for a residence permit application. However, you can stay at a hotel while looking for a place to buy or rent, and apply for a one or two-year short-term residence permit while staying at the hotel. Then after you find a place to live, you can report your change of address.
  4. I don't know how Turkish law treats this, but in common contract law you must have an offer, acceptance, and "consideration," which can be a payment or an act required to create the contract. So as I understand it, the advertisement is the offer, your accepting the terms is the acceptance, and your paying what's required in the contract is the consideration. That completes the contract. There are two types of notarizations you can get. The first is the notarization of the actual contract, where both parties go to the notary and certify that the contract is valid. The notary's stamp confirms that the contract has been made. Nobody can later say the written contract isn't a legal contract made by both parties. The second is a "notarized copy" of the contract, which is required to get a residence permit. In this case the notary makes a copy and puts their stamp on it. In this case the notary is certifying that the copy is an exact copy of the original. The notary isn't certifying the contract itself, they are certifying that the copy is an exact copy. For a residence permit application, you would give the immigration specialist the notarized copy and keep the original. For the walk-through, to be absolutely certain and have no disputes I would use a mobile phone to record the condition in a video. It would also be a good idea to depict, in some way, the person who is showing the apartment to you. That way, if they say something was damaged later, you'll have the video, and the person who showed you the apartment in the video. That will date it to the time of the walk-through. The only time I had a later dispute from the walk-through was when the landlord had some shelves in the apartment. They were in such bad quality they were useless He charged us a high deposit (a big warning sign). We through the shelves away. When we moved out, the landlord insisted that the shelves were valuable, and said that since we had thrown them away, he was keeping our deposit. We had no video or photos of the shelves, so it would have been our word against his. There's actually a way to secure the deposit. You and the landlord can open a bank account specifically for the deposit. Then you deposit the money. You can take it out of the account, I believe it's three or six months after the contract terminates, which gives the landlord time to show the bank any court action they might have filed to keep the deposit. It's an alternative to giving a cash deposit to the landlord and then depending on then to return it. For more specific questions about that, you would need to talk to somebody at a bank. Understand I'm not a lawyer and am not qualified to give legal advice. I can only tell you what I've learned from my own education and experience.
  5. It would definitely be worth asking the UK tax office about this. No doubt they've had many Brits working in Turkey in the same situation. Certainly return to this topic if we can be of any help. Also I hope you'll update us on what you learn. It will especially help me when we have another person in the same situation.
  6. As you know they can't do that. Every year when the contract renews, it renews at the same rent price and with the same conditions. If the landlord didn't raise the rent then, they can't raise it later. I wouldn't form any general conclusions about Turks or Turkish landlords. I've had many excellent landlords who would never do such things. And I've lived and rented in, I think, 15 different places in Turkey. I only had two that tried to get money from me they weren't entitled to. I hate to see this happening to your mother, it seems unconscionable that someone would put this kind of stress on her. I hope you finally get it sorted out in the best way for her, and I can at least be happy that she has as her son and that you're looking after her interests.
  7. I don't know, but it's probably to encourage foreign residents to buy mobile phones in Turkey instead of other countries.
  8. Unfortunately no. The foreign mobile phone registration and tax has to do with importing the phone. You can have as many Turkish mobile phones as you want. Turkish mobile phones aren't registered in the same way because they were already imported and the import taxes were already paid when they were sold. But the foreign phones different. Foreign phones are bough elsewhere and brought in by the foreigners themselves, without paying any import tax. For that reason they must be separately registered and a separate fee paid.
  9. I haven't been in that exact situation but I can share what I know. This involves law and accounting, so I want to say first that I'm not a lawyer or accountant, and shouldn't take what I say as if it is professional advice. It looks like from the articles you know that you don't need a work permit or that. But you may have to pay taxes. It sounds like the law in the UK is the same as in the US. So it does sound like you would have to pay taxes in Turkey. So it shouldn't matter which bank account the money goes into. However, from my reading about US law, they recommended that, when you pay taxes in your home country (for whatever you pay taxes on), you provide evidence that you're paying taxes in Turkey so you can get an exemption for it in your home country (to avoid double-taxation). English-speaking Turkish accountants seem to be rare, except in Istanbul. I tried to contact a few companies there which advertised having English-speaking accountants, but none of them even replied. I guess I wasn't a big enough customer. However, a colleague of mine told me they knew an English-speaking accountant in Antalya. I haven't met him yet, but if you want I'll give you his contact information. You won't need a lawyer. It seems to me you could first have your tax forms done by a Turkish accountant. Then when you have to do them next time, you'll have a template you can use to do it yourself.
  10. I don't know everything about the situation, but it would seem to me that these past requests for rent would have to be in writing or on the rental contract, and your mother would need proof of payment, such as a signed and stamped invoice or a bank transfer. I don't know if she has that or not. From what I was reading she can't be evicted if she has been paying the rent on time. It seems now your landlord is saying that she hasn't. Eglegal (Mr. Ender Keleş) has a contact form here on Turkey Central: https://www.turkeycentral.com/forms/20-legal-services/ So if you want you can contact him that way, or use the contact information or link in his signature block which appears below all of his posts. Your posts have been valuable. Thank you for sharing this. I see your topic has, as of today, been read by 1,100 people, and even after it's no longer active people will continue to read it. So you're definitely raising awareness of the problem. No telling how many foreigners have simply paid outrageous rent increases not knowing their rights under the law. Or would have, if they had not read your topic. I wish your mother an you the best in this situation, and that it all comes out in your favor. Please keep us all updated when you can.
  11. Alejandra just posted an article which also talks about the rental law and how the court decides a fair rental price. Looks like the court also looks at local, similar properties to determine a fair price, and it takes a long time in court. https://www.turkeycentral.com/news/view-126-renting-market-in-turkey/
  12. I haven't seen where it was recommended or required anywhere. And I don't know of anyone who has gotten it. I don't touch or play around with street cats, mostly because of other infections one could get from a bite or a scratch. The cats won't bother you much. They'll just beg for food at outdoor restaurants. They're usually easy to scare off, I just wave a menu or something similar at them and they run away. At least temporarily. I've found the dogs to be pretty tame. They get together and roam around occasionally, mostly barking at passing cars, mostly at night. I've never heard of any attacking or biting anyone. You can just walk by and ignore them and they leave you alone. The only time I've heard foreigners complaining about the dogs' behavior was by people who were afraid of dogs. When I was in Kaş the dogs were very well-mannered and I thought it was funny how they would just lay around, sometimes in the front of shop doorways, and people would just step over or walk around them, not even nudging them to get up and move. I asked one of the locals why they were so tame, and he said "because the aggressive ones get killed." So that's probably how it is in Antalya. If a dog is showing aggressive behavior, it gets taken to the veterinarian and dispatched, or dispatched by some other means. I don't know the prices for the rabies vaccine. I did a search and mostly found prices for animal vaccinations. Those for people I couldn't tell if it was for prevention or after a bite. So you might contact a hospital and ask for the price there.
  13. I think Eglegal already gave the answer, but perhaps he will provide more information. It sounds to me like the rental adjustment is what Eglegal referred to as asking for an increase in court. There's a similar law in the USA, about "unjust enrichment." That is, even if a contract has been agreed to by two parties, if it is grossly unfair to one of the parties, a judge can adjust the terms to make it fair. It seems to me that this big rent increase is what's unfair. And it seems to me your mother's age works against the landlord. Especially picturing her before a judge matched against a greedy landlord. The rental laws in Turkey tend to favor the renter anyway. Of course I'm not a lawyer so don't take this as legal advice! But as I mentioned before I had the same encounter with my landlord. Yes, he could have gone to a judge and ask that the rent price be adjusted (and he just might have gotten one since what I was paying was well under the market price). He got angry, raised his voice, growled, slammed his fist on the desk. There's a saying in Turkey that the first one who gets angry and slaps the table wins. He threatened to keep hairdressing me, remove the door, toilet, etc. (which is completely illegal). Doing things legally would be a hassle and might work against him, so he used intimidation instead. So I did some searching using Sahibinden.com to see what similar apartments were renting for near my place. And I said I would pay no more than that and made him an offer. I didn't have to do that, but I had been benefiting from very low rent for six years and wasn't planning to live there much longer. So out of fairness I agrees to pay the market price according to similar listings. He accepted. Suddenly he was a nice guy again. You might try that. But if he refuses, and threatens to go to court, then in my opinion, I'd let him. It might just be still in court when your mother moves out. Again I'm just telling you what I did, and what I think I might do in your situation. That's all. Like my landlord, because the law doesn't favor him, he's trying to get what he wants with intimidation. One other point here. To formally notify the landlord, make sure you use a notarial notice that I mentioned before. That's the only way you can prove in court that you had made the offer and that he refused it or failed to reply. SMS messages or e-mails, or things written on paper won't meet the legal notification standards. I mean this especially for your offer to settle the matter. If it does go to court, the court will see that you made the offer and he either refused or failed to respond. And the landlord will know that.
  14. I went there a couple of years ago during the winter. It was pretty dead. Lots of empty summer houses, lots of stores and restaurants closed for the off-season. So during the winter months they'd probably need to go to Kuşadası for shopping, good restaurants or night life. But the beaches there were excellent! And it seemed to be a nice town to be in.
  15. You can pay online, or at least try. I tried it and it wouldn't take my US credit card or even my Turkish debit card. Apparently it wasn't from a participating bank. If you go to the appointment without first paying the fees, then at the end of the appointment the immigration specialist will direct you to a cashier where you can pay. Then you can pay and come back with the receipt. If it's in the main, or provincial, immigration office, there will be a cashier there.
  16. It does cover those issues, it just won't cover a condition you already have. So if you develop a condition after joining the SGK plan it will be covered. However, It would be a good idea to get a health report done before you join the SGK plan. That way, if they refuse to cover something saying it was a pre-existing condition, you can use the health health report to prove that it wasn't pre-existing. You can learn how to get a health report here: We have someone who does residence permit applications for our members and guests. Her name is Selma Akdeniz. She is also an insurance broker so she can also provide health insurance policies (I mention that for anybody else reading this topic). Selma has a contact form here: https://www.turkeycentral.com/forms/17-residence-permit-application-service/ If you need legal assistance you can contact our community lawyer, Mr. Ender Keleş. He answers questions in the legal forum, so if you just have questions, please ask them there. His contact form is here: https://www.turkeycentral.com/forms/20-legal-services/ If you would like to learn more about Turkey's national health insurance plan, see this article:
  17. You can use the Google Chrome browser with the Google Translate add-on. Here's an article on how to set it up and use it: With that you'll be able to read the website in English. Unfortunately PayPal doesn't work in Turkey. You'll have to use a credit card.
  18. The only way you can get full coverage over age 65 is with the national health insurance plan. You can enroll after you've lived in Turkey for one year. For 2021, the monthly premium of ₺858.60. The premium is the same for everybody.
  19. Personally I don't think it will be a problem at all. I hiked the valleys there and while there is a descent into them and a climb to get out on the ends, there are also flat ways to enter them in the middle. And the valleys are flat. Once in them, I don't recall doing any climbing at all. Two examples are rose valley and sword valley. They're no different from a normal nature hike. As I recall the Göreme Open Air Museum had steps going down to it, but while there is a slope, it's not difficult to walk, no different from what you would encounter where you live now. I don't know how the ambiance of a cave hotel would affect an infant, but as far as I know the only real difference is that there might not be any windows. other than that they're like a regular hotel. I'd suggest going on some of the cave hotel websites (the actual ones, not the hotel booking sites) and sending them an e-mail. You can also get more detailed information about the best valleys and places to go from the hotel where you stay. I've never heard of or seen any facilities for breastfeeding. Nor have I ever seen women breastfeeding babies in public. I think you would have to use a lady's restroom, which you could find at any restaurant or similar facility. They also have paid public restrooms which are often located near mosques. Also in this situation, talk to the people at the hotel where you'll be staying. Turks love children and will go out of their way to help you, especially if a child is involved.
  20. Just to explain further, his visa will expire 180 days after the day he bought it. It's the same as a driving license expiring. It can't be used any more no matter how many days he's been in Turkey. So once his visa reaches its expiration date, he must leave Turkey, get a new visa, and re-enter Turkey. With a valid visa, even if one expires, he leaves Turkey and re-enters with a second visa, he still can only be in Turkey for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This 180 days has nothing to do with the expiration date of the visa. it's a range of days which includes each day counting back 180 days from whatever date 'today' is. For more information about how the 90 in 180 days thing works, see this article:
  21. Just wanted to clarify something... Are you saying that his visa will be past its expiration date? Not the number of days in Turkey it allows (90 days), but the end of Its validity period of 180 days?
  22. I should have explained that it's actually during the appointment. The immigration specialist will tell you at the end to go and pay the fees and come back with the receipts. Then your application will be complete. You can only get a residence permit with a duration up until 60 days before the passport expires. Are you saying your son's passport expires on 05 February 2023? Then he can only get a residence permit up until 7 December 2022. 60 days before 5 February 2023 is 7 December 2022. If you apply for your son's residence permit with a duration having more time than that, the immigration specialist will at most give an expiration date of 7 December 2022. When your son gets a new passport, the new passport information needs to be reported to the immigration office within 30 business days. Then when he extends the residence permit he'll do the extension application, with another appointment, and pay the fees again. At that point he could get a two-year residence permit because he'll have plenty of time left on his new passport. For you to get a two-year residence permit, your passport must be valid for 365 x 2 + 60 days = 790 days.
  23. There are three types of insurance you can get. The minimum-coverage policy specifically for a residence permit. A more expensive private policy that exceeds the minimum coverage standards, which you can also use for a residence permit as long as it has a statement saying it meets the minimum standards. SGK national insurance you can get after one year of having a residence permit. If you can tell me which type of insurance you're referring to, I can give you a more specific answer.
  24. I don't know of any driving school I would recommend. I haven't been to one. When I got my Turkish driver's license it was just a matter of exchanging it with various paperwork. As I commented above they don't do that any more and everybody has to go to a driving school. I think probably every driver's course offers the course in other languages. But here's a Google map showing the locations of driving schools. I even included "İngilizce" in the search words: Also here's a list of documents you'll need, from the Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs (Nüfus) website: https://www.nvi.gov.tr/tokat/surucu-belgesi-ehliyet-basvurusunda-gereken-belgeler It's in Turkish but you can translate it using the Google Chrome browser and the Google Translate add-on.
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