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  1. 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?
  2. One of the main things you will need when applying for a residence permit (if you are a renter) is a notarized copy of your rental contract. If your contract is less than one year old, you will have no problems in getting a notarized copy. But if it is more than one year old, the noter (notary) may require that you first go to your local vergi dairesi, (tax office), and pay the damga vergisi, (stamp tax) on the deposit you gave to your landlord. This tax has to be paid by the renter, and not the landlord. This may seem rather ridiculous, since income tax has already been paid on the money, and the money has not been spent or earned. In fact, the people at the local tax office may not have heard of it. Still, your local notary may insist this tax be paid before he or she will give you a notarized copy of your rental contract. You can Go to another notary and hope he or she doesn't demand you first bring a receipt for this tax. Ask your landlord to draw up a new contract. Since this one will be new, and not one or more years old, the notary will notarize it without payment of the tax. How to Pay the Tax if Nothing Else Works Get the notary's business card with his or her telephone number. You may need it to call them from the tax office so they can explain what tax you are trying to pay. Then: Take a Turkish friend to translate for you, since people who work in government offices seldom speak enough English to understand anything this complex. Go to the tax office responsible for your mahalle (neighborhood). Point to the amount of the deposit on your contract, and say "depozito damga vergi." Make sure you tell them that you are the kiracı ([kee-rah-juh], or renter), because if they think you are the landlord, they may assume that you are there to pay tax on your rent income. You will probably be sent to someone else. And then to someone else. If it appears that nobody knows what's going on, get out your local notary's business card and call him or her, hand your mobile phone to the tax official, and let them sort it out. After that, the tax official should know what tax you're trying to pay and why. You'll need to briefly fill out a form (or they will do it for you), then take that form to the vezne (cashier), and pay the tax. Then take the tax payment receipt back to your noter, and he or she will notarize your rental contract. How Much is the Stamp Tax? The tax is just .01% of the deposit amount per year, for each year after the first year of the rental contract. So for example, if the deposit is 650 TL, you have to pay 6.16 TL for the stamp tax. Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. See Also Residence Permits Forum: If you have any questions or comments about the residence permit process, please ask them there.
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    Rent renewal

    Hello guys, I should renew my rent next week. Owner told that 20 percent will be increased. However, this is unfair. I checked the TUKETICI website and it is maximum 16% previous month and February it would be less I guess. https://kira-artisi-hesaplama.hesabet.com/ Some people said that you can bargain to even 10 % since many renters cannot pay on time and if anybody pays regularly he can persuade owner. Anybody has any experience?
  4. @Ken Grubb Hello, I saw a house in Izmir which is somewhat good. The problem is that they want 6 months or a year rent at the time I make a contract. Thus is somewhat weird for me. For instance, for 6 month rent the monthly rent is 1100 so I shiuld pay 8800 (deposit and comisyon) once! For a year contract the rent is 1000 and I should pay 14000 Even though the house Is somewhat good but it is not logical to pay all at once. Maybe I want to get out and they say the money will not be returned unless it is really emergency case. Any idea?
  5. Hi, I'm relocating to Antalya and considering renting a villa in Palm City (or similar compound with like facilities: 24 hour security, indoor/outdoor pools, gym, etc). Do you, or anyone you know have any experience in Palm City? Are there any other compounds (within 30 mins to the heart of Antalya) that you would recommend also considering? Any recommendations and/or feedback would be appreciated; especially on issues that are not highlighted in the glossy company brochures (like potential electricity cuts, sewerage/drainage odours, noise, etc). Guidance appreciated. Thanks in Advance, Dean
  6. Apartment Shopping If you don't speak Turkish, the first thing to do is to find a friend or a property agent who does. Turks generally go out of their way to help foreigners, and many business owners at least have someone nearby who speaks enough English to get the job done. Internet Listings By using the Turkish property listings, you'll find better deals than you would on English-language websites directed at foreigners. See the External Links section for websites which have property listings. Some have English versions, and some don't. You can use our Guide to Turkish Property Terms (see the links at the bottom) to understand what you're reading. If you check the listings daily, you may find a great place to live before anybody else does. And by printing out the listings you like, you'll have handy information in hand for your apartment shopping trip. National and Local Newspapers You can go to a local newsstand and find out what hard-copy newspapers are circulated in the area, both national and local papers. Find out on what day the new property listings are published. On that day, pick up a paper early, and be ready to start making phone calls at 09:00 AM. Good properties go fast. Property Agents Property agents, or emlak, are plentiful in Turkey, and they come in all sizes. They are a handy resource to find quality properties. Visit several of them, since there is no central directory of properties for rent, and each agent will have different apartments available. Turkish property agents get a commission for the properties they rent, equivalent to one month's rent, paid by the renter. If an agent doesn't have what you need but knows of another agent who does, and if you rent from the other agent, the two agents split the commission. For that reason, property agents will first show you their properties (sometimes including properties with characteristics you said you didn't want) before they show you those of competitors. Using All of the Above If you find in the internet or newspaper listings that an attractive apartment is being advertised by a particular property agent, you can also ask that agent to show you the properties of other agents which you found in the listings. This can save you the time of making appointments and finding addresses. Walking Around Walking or driving around a neighborhood where you would like to live ls also a good way to find a place to live. Look for a sign which says kiralik (kee-rah-look), which means "for rent." You'll also see signs which say satılık (sah-tah-look), which means "for sale." Another important term is sahabinden (sah-ha-been-den) which means "from owner." The name and telephone number of a property agency or the owner will be on the sign. The Inspection Have a good look around the property to make sure everything is in good order. Include every detail in the contract, so the landlord can't claim compensation from you when you move out. Some landlords can be very picky, and will look for any excuse to retain part of the deposit. If there is anything in the apartment you don't want to stay and don't intend to turn over to the landlord at the end of the lease, have the landlord remove it. Do not discard anything thinking the landlord will be okay with it. An old rickety set of shelves that you remove while occupying the premises may be later claimed by the landlord to be an antique given to him by a some beloved deceased relative, and used to extort your deposit from you. Previous Owners Will Have Removed Everything Which Was Not Nailed Down, and also Some Things That Were You will find that any former Turkish tenants have taken everything but the kitchen sink (they do, however, sometimes take the faucets). Even light fixtures may be removed, leaving a bare wire protruding from a hole in the ceiling. The water heater and other such fixtures will likely have been removed. Apartment Layout In cities, all apartments have a similar layout. The kitchen and salon (living room) face the outside, and the bedrooms are on the inside. Typically there is a large master bedroom with the other bedrooms being smaller, sometimes much smaller. The washing machine goes in the bathroom. Use of electric clothes driers is rare but gaining in popularity, so there might not be room for a washer and a drier in the bathroom. Stacked washer and drier combination units are available for this purpose, if the water heater (normally attached to the wall in the bathroom) doesn't get in the way. Turks like balconies (who doesn't?). You might find that even your kitchen and bedroom have a balcony. Balconies are usually where clothes are dried, either on lines attached to the building walls or on collapsible clothes drying racks that are widely available. Turks sometimes sleep on their balconies during warm weather. Closet Space Many Turkish apartments don't have closets. So you will have to buy a wall unit to store your clothes. Curtains You will also have to buy curtains. See our article on furnishing and equipping your home for ideas on how to get set up in your new place. The Landlord Some landlords in Turkey will do little or nothing to repair anything that needs repair or upkeep. They will expect you to pay repairs, of everything, including sinks, toilets, plumbing, and electrical wiring and fixtures. One option to deal with this is to deduct the cost of any repairs you have to make from the rent, and provide the landlord with a fatura (invoice), for the cost of the repairs. Your landlord may object to this, but it is doubtful that he or she would ever go to court about it, because of the amount of time court cases take in Turkey. Besides that, the judge involved would be unlikely to side with the landlord. To be on the safe side, though, it's a good idea to have a clause for this placed into the rental contract. Important! When you apply for a residence permit, the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM), will require a copy of your landlord's identification card as part of the documentation you need to prove you have an address. So make sure the landlord understands this and is willing to provide one. Negotiation Once you find a place that you like and can afford, try to negotiate the rent to a lower price. A few minutes of haggling may save you a lot of money. Once you reach an agreement, you will sign the rental contract. The Rental Contract Property rental contracts in Turkey are rather standard, and can be bought in a stationery store. But make sure you have someone translate it for you so you know exactly what you are signing. The typical Turkish rental contract is a four-page document (one large page folded in half). On the contract's pages are the following: Page 1: Landlord and renter personal information and the terms of the rental, such as duration and the amount of rent. Pages 2 and 3: Covers the terms of the rental agreement. Page 4: A record of payments. Each time you pay, you record the payment amount and date, and sign it with your landlord. If you deposit the rent into the landlord's bank account, have the bank add a note that the payment is for rent (kira). Save the deposit receipt. This bank deposit receipt can also serve as proof of payment. Additional Agreements: If you make any additional agreements with the landlord, make sure they are in the contract, because your friendly and amiable landlord may not be so lenient later. Terminating the Contract According to the Turkish code of obligations, you must provide 15 days notice, in writing (translated to Turkish) before the anniversary date of the contract if you want to terminate it. If you don't do this, the contract will automatically renew for the period set in the contract (as in another year) and you will be legally bound to pay the extra year's rent whether you are living there or not. When you deliver written notice, take two copies. Sign both and also have the landlord sign both. Keep one copy as proof of notice. Some tenants think they can just forfeit the deposit and vacate the property any time they want. This is not so, and a landlord can take you to court, if he or she wants to go through the trouble, and successfully sue you for the remaining balance due on the contract. If you think you might need to vacate the property some time in the middle of the contract, have a "get out early" clause written in to the contract to protect yourself. If you want to renew the contract on a monthly basis, make the new contract so it expires in one month. In that case it will automatically renew every month (instead of every year). The Deposit Although the deposit is often the equivalent of one-month's rent, its purpose is to cover the repair of any damages, and not non-payment of rent. While legally it is limited to a maximum of three month's rent, it can be negotiated, and you should never pay any more than reasonably necessary. Important! If you do decide to hand over cash to your landlord, beware of any request for an excessively high deposit. Some landlords ask for a high deposit amount because they intend to keep it when you vacate, using any excuse to not refund it, assuming that you are at a disadvantage and unlikely to sue them to get it back. The proper way to pay a deposit is not by handing cash to the landlord. According to the most recent version of Turkey's Code of Obligations (Turkish law), you and your landlord should go to a bank and put the deposit into a kira depozito ortak hesabı (rent deposit joint account). If you do it that way, then the bank, by law, must return it to you upon request after three months of the date you vacate the property, unless the landlord informs the bank, in writing, that there is an active lawsuit against you for damages. If your landlord balks at this, don't rent from that landlord. Rent Increases If you pay your rent in Turkish lira, your landlord cannot legally raise your rent more than the yearly increase in Turkey's wholesale price index. Aydat, the Kapıcı, and Yönetici Aydat (pronounced like "eye-dot"). It is a monthly payment which covers common area lighting, cleaning, elevator maintenance, and the salary of the kapıcı (kah-puh-juh), if there is one. The kapıcı (literally translated "door man") looks after the building and maintains it. He will almost always live on the ground floor of the apartment. He may also do additional duties like paying your utility bills, getting you a loaf of bread and a paper in the morning, and even fixing things in your house for a small fee. The main thing you would need to be careful of when dealing with the kapıcı is asking him to do things which are beyond his expertise. For example, your kapıcı is not a car mechanic (if he could fix cars, he wouldn't be a kapıcı!). For work which requires a professional, such as electrical work, hire a professional. The yönetici (yuh-neh-tee-jee, manager) is a resident who collects the aydat and makes the required payments. Utilities The landlord will sometimes keep the utilities in his or her name, since there is no penalty or impact on one's credit rating for non-payment. The utility is simply shut off, and a fine is paid to restore it. If you get the utilities in your name, you can pay them at various banks or at the Turkish post office (PTT). On the back of your utility bills is a list of places where you can pay them. Some of the banks only take these payments in the morning or afternoon hours, depending on their policy. The water bill needs to be paid at the water department at the belediye (beh-leh-dee-yeh), or municipality. You can have your utility bills automatically paid by your Turkish bank account. To do this, go to your bank and take your utility bills with you, so they can arrange for automatic payments. You can also give the bills and the required cash to your kapıcı and have them pay them for you-this is a common practice in Turkish apartment complexes. Most every city and town also has a consolidated bill-paying shop. For a small fee, you can pay all of your utilities there, at one time. Other Notes If you're single, you may find that some Turkish landlords won't rent to you. Don't take it personally. Some Turks are rather traditional, and don't want to rent to anyone but a married couple or a family. See Also Furnishing and Equipping Your Home: A guide to finding white goods (appliances), furniture, and other helpful equipment for setting up your home in Turkey. Renting in Turkey Forum: Our forum devoted to renting apartments or properties in Turkey. If you have a question, please ask it there. Guide to Turkish Terms for Buying or Renting Property External Links www.sahibinden.com (sahibinden means "from the owner," but you'll also see property companies advertising there as well. Look for "Emlak" (real estate, or property) and "Konut" (Residence) www.hurriyetemlak.com: Look for "Konut" (Residence). It has English listings. www.milliyetemlak.com: This one has English listings also. www.turkstat.gov.tr: Here you can find the Producer Price Index (PPI) for Turkey. If your landlord wants to increase the limit, it cannot exceed the percent change in the PPI by law.
  7. Hello friends, I have a question in my mind which I would like to share and ask. What is the average age of a building (Bina) in Istanbul? An apartment complex age as defined by Belediye laws? If someone has an apartment in a building and after its age is over lets say after 40 years when the building is demolished and a new building is made on that plot; what happens to those who already owned an apartment in the old building? Are they accommodated or their money is finished as old building is gone and they need to buy another flat if they wish to live in the building? What does law say about these two things and what is practice normally done? Looking forward.
  8. idel

    Moving to Adana

    Hi, Had plans to move to Adana last year but it didn't work out. Long-story short, will be in Adana in a few days to look for apartments (kiralik). Can you please recommend a good and trustworthy real estate agent? I'd appreciate it. tx
  9. Dear all finally I shipp all my stuff from dubai yo istanbul. It gonna takes 1.5 month, i am looking for a temporAry full furniture flat for this 1.5 month and then i have to find a big flat . i search a bit and this real estate really surprise me. Very disappointed. Any advice ? Any help ? Thanks pooria
  10. So after going thru so much trouble to get into this flat I have seen that it was a huge mistake. So the major problem that I have is the landlord who I realize is a 'slum lord'. I had to call him and ask if anyone had ever complained of the elk bill. In Feb I was here all of 20 days and it was over 200 tl. March was nearly 250. April was 175. May was 142. I cannot understand this as I have nothing. I literally use elk for a lamp, my computer, the hot water shower thing, and to boil water for tea. I never bought a fridge and washer. long story there. Use friends washer and the fridge is useless as I am one person and usually eat outside. So the elk has a problem. But he said... no one has ever complained. Then we have the water issue.. its always above 50 tl. how?!?!?!?! again he said no one ever complained. And then it got warm. I was sleeping and woke up to find ants in my bed. Not one or two... I mean like 100! And they were hundreds on the floors. I smashed them and called the land man immediately. He said to get the spray because no one ever complained before and they were coming from the garden. I can't use the spray as I have asthma and a cat. He told me like 5 times to use the spray. it was endless. So I suggested that he caulk the floors as I could see holes in the baseboards. He told me to do it. Ok. I did. I spend nearly 100 tl on that stuff.. only to find the ants still coming in. So last month when I paid the rent I told him that I will leave. small white lie. I said that I would be gone by August 10. He said to meet him on august 10 to hand over keys. But here it is July 1 and I look like I have been to war. I have dozens of bites and my cat does too. So the question is: seeing as how I gave a deposit of the amount of the rent and I want to leave July 20, can I say to him that I will leave July 20 and he can keep the deposit and I will pay all bills to zero and call it quits? I mean is that not what the deposit if for? He would not give it back anyhow even if I had only stayed here one day. I realize this now. I just don't want any problems with the police and all. I am not sure what the process is here when someone wants to out someone from a flat. I mean, do they call the police and have the police bother you? Do they report you to the courts? I am leaving of my own will with no problems. I just want to leave here and live like a normal person!!!HELP!!!!!
  11. What are the types of short term residence permits? I need to avoid the tourist type because it doesn't lead to citizenship. Is there really such a thing as a renter's residence permit that is stated on the webpage below? http://www.permitinturkey.com/#!SERVICES/c1iwz I am a renter, so if this option does exist I didn't see it on the residence permit application as an option so how would I apply for this type of permit and does it lead to citizenship?
  12. Hello dear members, İ need your help and advices please İ am planing to move for İstanbul for to join my fiancé, but we cannot find a flat according to his salary. İt is around Büyükçekmece. Does anyone knows how to find a flat with maximum 600 TL? And please, can you advice me for finding a job there? İ am biologist and speak arabic, french and english.
  13. We're planning to spend 3 to 6 months living in Antalya (arriving towards the end of May) but are not sure of the best way to find a suitable rental property, given our lack of Turkish language. We're also not sure of how much rental prices are for the type of place we're looking for. We've looked at numbeo.com but now need to see how actual prices relate to actual properties. Specifically, we're looking for: Furnished 1-bedroom apartment or house with washing machine A good internet connection (given typical speeds in Antalya) Walking distance to the sea and local shops, but not necessarily central. A local rental rate. Something inexpensive! We are digital nomads on a tight budget and need to find a place that is as good value as possible, while still meeting the above criteria. And, is there's anything else we need to be aware of that's specific to renting in Antalya or Turkey more generally? I've read something about water considerations which I don't fully understand, so if anyone can shed light on that I'd very much appreciate it.
  14. I'm looking for accommodation in May, a one bedroom place either near the mountains or somewhere in walking distance to the beach. Just wondering if anyone can suggest a place. Also wondering what the cost per month might be. I'll need it for a minimum of 6 months.
  15. I am considering looking for a long term rental property preferably in Oba, Alanya. I was wondering if anyone can offer me any advice regarding this, I have so many questions and I'm not sure where to begin. How much should I expect to pay for a 2 bed furnished place? What additional costs am I likely to incur? Is Oba more expensive than nearer to Alanya centre? Can I allow family and friends to stay there when I am not there? Where should I begin to look for properties i.e., private rentals or estate agents etc.? I am hoping to come over in February to start looking, and I want to come prepared.
  16. I am moving into a new apartment as this one is near to my workplace. Today, when I was carrying some of my luggage into my new room, my neighbor opened his door. He was at least 60 judging by his looks. He stared at me and my friend suspiciously and then started to ask questions. I didn't quite catch the conversation between him and my friend. However, I could clearly feel his unhappiness and unfriendliness because he was definitely muttering. My friend seemed pretty embarrassed. Later I asked my friend what was going on. He told me that he did not welcome my living here. I asked whether he was unhappy because I am from China. My friend said he did not welcome any single man living next to his door. i was surprised to know that. My friend also added that single men are more easily to be refused when they are renting houses in Turkey. I am feeling a little bit down. I said Merhaba and smiled really nicely to him. He just shut the door in front of my face.
  17. I have 2 apartments in Turkey my friends have been staying rent free in 1 ,I have ask them to leave but have found out today the locks have been changed in the other .Can I get the police to remove them if they don't leave ? What can I do as I live in the uk thanks for reading Debbie
  18. Hello all-- We are considering moving to Konak region of Izmir, and I was wondering if there are any particular neighborhoods that would be considered "good" or "bad." We anticipate that I may live alone for the first few months, and that my husband (and our kitties!) join me after a period of some months, and so I would want to make sure wherever I am is safe for a single woman to live. I have gathered that it is also best not to live on the ground floor, perhaps not the second floor, either, due to property crime/break-ins. Are there any other tips you can recommend? When we lived in Rome, it was standard to look for apartments that had extra security measures, i.e. our front door had a deadbolt lock that was actually drilled into the floor, and there were metal security blinds like the ones you see on shops that would be lowered when we went out, as property crime was a huge problem. (We had no problems in that place--it was like Fort Knox!) I am wondering if apartments are likewise commonly equipped in Turkey, as I understand property crime is a problem? I have been looking at http://www.milliyetemlak.com for places. There seems to be plentiful places listed, at various price points, and some of them furnished (I'm largely flexible about furnishings, and can imagine I'd get by just fine with a table, two chairs, maybe a comfortable side chair, and a bed, which doesn't seem like it would break the bank too much to buy.) I would prefer to avoid buying a refrigerator, stove, wash machine, etc. at least at first. Do appliances typically come only with otherwise furnished apartments? This seems to be the case in what I've seen. Are there any other websites you would recommend for apartment hunting? Is it common (or at least not unforgivably eccentric) and relatively safe to ride a bike to work? We have a car where we currently live, but commute mostly by bus/metro/walking/bike riding. Cars are an expense and a pain in my book! Because of the nature of our move, with me first for anywhere from 2-10 months before my husband and the kitties join us, would it be possible to rent month-to-month? And is it very difficult to rent with 2 kitties? Would it help to offer an extra deposit or would that be foolish/make us appear like we throw around money? So many questions! Kusura bakmayin. Any insights you would like to share will be most appreciated.
  19. Good afternoon I have just got a job in a nursery in Istanbul and will be moving in August, and wondered if people could give me some advice please? Is 4500TL a good wage? How do I go about finding accommodation? What are the start up costs like (e.g deposits etc) Is the commuting really as bad as everyone says it is? How do I go about getting a bank account? Is it easy to make new friends? What are the best supermarkets? I know I have asked a lot of questions but I'm sure that you lovely people can help Thanks in advance
  20. Hello all, I am new to these forums. I have read a few topics, and I think this is a very useful place to gather information about Istanbul. I am coming to Istanbul University for PhD. My department is in Avcılar campus. Need guidance on the following issues: Where can I get a cheap 1+1 apartment near Avcılar? If there is any member of this forum who is studying or working in Istanbul university, please let me know.
  21. Hi - can anyone give me some guidance about the general cost of renting a room in a flat in Istanbul? I had a cursory look the last time I was over and it seems Manchester prices - £400- £500 a month is achievable. I'd prefer to stay somewhere pretty close to the centre - Besitikas, Galata, Beyoglu Or even somewhere over the other side like Yusufpasa? Ideally I'd like a flatshare, but a hostel initially or staying with a family could be an option. Anyone know about deposits etc - how the whole renting thing works in Istanbul ? Plus which are the best publication/ websites for listings? I'd be grateful for any info.
  22. We have an apartment on Turquoise and are starting to rent it out. at present we have only had friends staying there so have been able to give them a key personally before they go out to Turkey. Obviously if we rent it generally we won't be able to do this. What do other people do? We have emailed the management company as it seems sensible that they hold the keys and pass on to guests but as yet we have had no response.
  23. Can any one give us some help regarding renting, trying to get some ideas regarding prices and locations.we like the Bodrum and Gumbet area, what's the situation there for rental prices in relation to other areas? We have got a clue we'rejust learning, so any help would be great. Would you go though agents or private rentals?
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