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It is not law to have a will in Turkey but it is strongly advisable for a person owning a property to have a will to avoid any complications that may arise from not having a will in place.

The Turkish law regarding the transfer of real estate on the event of death is very different to other countries. The Turkish Inheritance law outlines that as a spouse you receive 25% of the estate with the children of the decease inheriting the remaining 75%.
If there is more than one child the estate will be divided between them equally.

Your UK will is legally valid in Turkey but to be ensure there is no confusion it is advisable to have a Turkish will.
Note: If you have a will in the UK, remember to update it with your new property in Turkey.


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.



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Turkish and Foreign nationals who own property/land in Turkey are legally required to pay tax.

Firstly you need to register your land or property with your local council office (Belediysi).

The following documents are required

title deed copy

passport copy

Turkish tax number

habitation certificate - What is that?

The amount of property tax paid is designate according to the size (square metres) of the property or land.

You need to visit your local Beledisei to find out when your payments are due, (not all councils have the same payment due dates) you can pay annually or twice a year.
Payments are accepted in cash and are payable at the Council Offices and some councils allow you to pay online.
If you make a late payment you will incur a small fine. If you are unsure of when you need to pay, contact your local council office, they will inform you of any outstanding bills or when you are due payment.
You need to take a form of id and your Tapu to pay your land tax.
If you sell your property you need to get a document from the council confirming you have paid any outstanding taxes before the sale can be completed.

Can a person pay the land tax on my behalf?
Yes, if they have are supplied with your documents, you can appoint a property management company to pay all your bills on your behalf.


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You can apply for your police record by handing in your YKN Yabanci Kimlik number to your local Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office along with your passport. You are required to fill in a short form and pay a small fee. Note if you have any offenses this will prevent you from obtaining a Turkish driving license. The fee for this documentation is around 5tl

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Yes, it is compulsory for everybody to produce a form of identity on request. Be sure to always have id when you are driving long distances or traveling by coach or train, they are various spot id checks carried out in Turkey.

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If your child has dual Turkish/Other citizenship, you will need permission from the Turkish parent to take your child out of Turkey - The Turkish immigration authorities may ask to see permission to travel.

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To guarantee your will is legal in Turkey, it is highly recommended that any Will be made in a notary office and notarized. The notarized wills are kept by the notary's office and the authorities are informed by the notary, so the rights of the testators are protected by the official authorities.

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When you own or rent a property in Turkey (concerning certain properties) you automatically become part of how the entire block or housing estate is run. This is known as 'Turkish condominium law'.
Condominium law concerns private properties, businesses and other types of property where owners own a freehold share of the wider property or land.


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Condominium law gives owners/renters legal rights to arrange/agree the management of shared areas, site maintenance, apartment rules, what needs to be done and how much it will cost.

To get started you will need to arrange an initial meeting and come together to decide who will be the association's manager or if a management company is preferred for this role.

Your next step is to obtain the necessary books (available from local stationers)

1. (DEFTERI) - A book for the minutes of the meetings.
Please note: This should be taken to the Public Noter to be stamped and a certificate placed on the first page of the book.

2. (ISLETME HESABI DEFTERI) – A book for keeping the accounts – the income and expenditure.
(The Noter is not required)

3. (GIDER PUSULASI) – Receipt books for issue of income collected or expenses paid.

At your first official meeting (at least 4/5ths of the owners should be present) a manager and treasurer should be appointed.
Note: Please allow at least 15 days notice for the first meeting.

Please note all the decisions agreed in the minutes book and obtain the signatures (in the book) of all those who attended.

Important:-

- There must be a management board and minutes to be taken
- All minutes must be recorded in Turkish (This should be completed by a legal translator)
- Everyone who is part of condominium is entitled to see books for minutes & accounts
- A meeting must be held at least once a year
- When renting instead of owning you can represent your landlord by means of power of attorney (“Katılım Vekaletnamesi”) -- your vote is as valuable as theirs.
- Everything has to be conducted legally and within Turkish law. Otherwise if not conducted properly, it can be become void.

For more information please see: Turkish Condominium Law


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To add a person or spouse to a Tapu (title deed) you will need to 'sell a share' of the property to the person.

Please visit your local land registry office (Tapu Sicil Müdürlükleri) and inform them you want to sell a percentage of your property and add a new name to the tapu.

You will need to pay a sales transfer fee of 4 % - plus some additional administrative taxes.

Example; If you sell 50% of your property, you will have to pay 4% of this amount in taxes.

Please note; You can not sell a percentage of your property for any amount. There is a minimum amount you have to sell your share for, and your local land registry office will instruct you about the this.

You will need your passport ID & Turkish tax number


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.





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If the tree branch protrudes on to your property/land, you are within your legal rights to cut down the branches.

You do not need permission from the owner.


You may also be interested in;

» Can I legally give my Turkish property to a family member for free?

» How to add a name / spouse to a Tapu - (Property Title deeds - Turkey)

» What is Turkish Condominium Law? (Law No. 634)


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. The above information is provided by legal representatives of YellAli. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.



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If you misplace or loose your title deed (Tapu) it is not a problem, and you can easily obtain a replacement.

You need to visit the local land registry office (Tapu Sicil Müdürlüğü) and request a new copy of your title deed, TAPU. You will need to pay a small legal fee.

Please show your original passport for identification.
A utility receipt for the property may also be requested. ie water bill or electricity bill.


You may also be interested in;

» How to add a name / spouse to a Tapu - (Property Title deeds - Turkey)

» What is Turkish Condominium Law? (Law No. 634)


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. The above information is provided by legal representatives of YellAli. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.



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