Renting in Turkey
Holiday Rentals in Turkey
Longer Term Rentals in Turkey
What to ask your landlord
Furnished and Unfurnished
Foreigner is welcome to rent in Turkey, remembering of course that if
you want to stay in the country for more than 3 consecutive months, you
will need a residency visa. If you are renting a property to live in,
you are legally required to submit your name and passport to your
consulate for verification.
prices will vary in accordance to location, and a renting Turkish family
pays approx 25% of their income to rent, with that percentage increasing
in major cities.
To find a rental property, fill in the search form
on the home page and for a property for RENT.
you are renting a Summer House, Villa or apartment for a short time for vacation,
they are usually fully furnished, and set up for short stay tenants. It
is always good to ask if the house is fully furnished before actually
holiday rentals in Turkey can provide cleaning services if required please ask
deposit bond will vary from property to property, so be sure to ask what
bond (if any) is required, how it is kept and how it is returned.
have any problems during your stay, there will usually be
someone close at hand to arrange for the issue to
be rectified. Keep the contact details of the owner/agent with you in
case issues arise.
most things in Turkey, rental contracts and agreements may have most
points negotiated. Things such as price per month, deposit and method
of payment, to who is responsible for cleaning, gardening, and
maintenance can be negotiated. Have a look around the local area for
rental prices of equivalent properties to judge the price of the
property you wish to rent.
most important thing is to get it all on paper. Insist on a lease
contract which states all aspects as agreed upon, and as with any
legally binding agreement, it is wise to involve a lawyer.
should also note that it is legal to have a rental contract stating
that the payments be made in a currency other
than Lira. The agent/owner may prefer another currency, but it is your
right to refuse, if you wish.
ask your landlord:
deposits are required and what are they for?
need to pay service fees for an apartment or complex?
utilities (electricity, water etc) included in the rent or service fee,
and are the utilities metered separately?
recreational facilities included in rent or service fee?
amount of notice do you need to give if you need to vacate the property
before the lease expires, and if that will incur any charge?
charged a fee if you are late with the rent?
you be able to renew the lease if required, and what rent increases may
apply? (There should be local rent-control regulations and you can
research these if necessary).
are your landlords entry rights?
responsible for maintenance and repairs, and if the landlord is, then
ask about what time provisions apply? (for example, if it is decided
that repairs are the responsibility of the landlord, and the pluming
goes, what is the time frame for response and repair).
responsible for the yard/garden maintenance?
the commission the agent receives? (This can be negotiable).
theory, the costs of utilities, heating, and service fees are the
responsibility of the tenant, and costs of major repairs are the
responsibility of the landlord. It is often the case in practice that
the tenant is asked to contribute to major repairs too. Make sure you
negotiate this point and have it in writing.
is an Environment Tax (Çevre ve Temizlik Vergisi), payable in January
and July, which is usually the responsibility of the tenant. If the
building or complex has a manager (Yönetici), they will be able to tell
Turkey it is normal to have to put down a deposit when renting a house.
This is anywhere up to 2 months rent (and it is negotiable).
about what the deposit covers. The most common are as follows:
cleaning after you have vacated the property, (usually non-refundable),
cover any unreasonable damage incurred during your tenancy, for example
physical damage, breaking the lease without adequate notice, thereby
causing the landlord financial damage. (This deposit should be repaid if
the above hasnt occurred).
additional deposit if you have a pet, to pay for any damages if they occur
(refundable if there is no damage)
important to document and/or photograph any damage prior to signing the
imperative that you have a lease contract, and smart if you include the
Description and address of the property
Duration of the lease
Termination of the lease clause (include how much notice tenant/landlord
is required to give, and what conditions and compensations apply)
the landlord and tenant
Tenants responsibilities (including repairs and maintenance)
Landlords responsibilities including repairs and maintenance)
agreement (rules by which deposit will be refunded/withheld, and any
rent in advance)
Property condition inspection report (including what comes with the
property, eg. carpets, furniture, fittings, white-goods etc)
Furnished and Unfurnished
property is advertised as furnished, it doesnt necessarily mean it has
couches, beds, etc. It may mean that it has some kitchen appliances
(refrigerator, gas cooking stove) or carpets. It is best to check with
the vendor exactly what furniture is included before going to view the
property is advertised as unfurnished, it may be completely bare,
including a lack of kitchen cupboards, light fittings, curtain rods
etc. Again, its best to check before viewing, to save wasting time.
a rental property has been upgraded by the previous tenant (addition of
heating, carpets, cupboards etc), you may be asked to reimburse them for
the costs. Make sure you negotiate and get value for money.
most common forms of housing in Turkey are apartments or flats. If a
building has elevators, then the higher the flat, the more expensive it
is. This is due to the benefits of having a better view, being more
secure, being further from street noise, and having access to cleaner
However, if the building has no elevator, the flats closer to the ground
rent for more.
are renting an apartment or flat in Istanbul, you may wish to see or have the landlord
arrange a report on the building, issued by a university or expertise
company, showing if the building sustained any damage during the 1999
earthquakes. Many buildings sustained small and unseen structural
damage and some have not had these damages repaired.
Quite often the Yonetici (building manager) will have this
statistics page for the
earthquake zone map of Turkey
do come into dispute with a landlord, you can report it to the Local
Municipal Office (Kaymakamlik). If they are unable to resolve the
issue, they will direct you to an office where you can make a formal
complaint, or in a more serious matter, you may be advised to seek a