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Updated November -2018

Sellers or buyers of built property (not just building land) Until 31st of December 2018 the purchase/selling tax is reduced to 3% (1,5% for the buyer, 1,5% for the seller). As of January 2019, the tax will be again 4% (2% for each party).

Firstly you need to make sure the title deed of the property is free of any debt, you can appoint a lawyer to carry this out. It is important you find a competent lawyer whom you can trust. You will often be asked for a small reservation fee for the property. Your representative will need to draw up a contract between the seller and purchaser, included will be details of the completion date, payment schedule and terms and conditions.
Your contract should state that the purchase price includes all certification/name change fees/usage bills and no further costs will be payable.

Getting your contracts notarised- You are strongly advised to get your contact notarized, you need to have both an English and Turkish versions of the contract (or a bi-lingual contract) which is signed in the presence of a notary public. This will ensure that the contract is officially accepted by Turkish law and that the terms within the contact are binding for all parties.

When the notarised contract is signed by all parties, the appropriate deposit is paid.


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The purchaser is liable for a 4 per cent property transfer tax, based on the declared price of the property.

There is also a municipal property tax, again, based on the declared value of the property, at the rate of 0.1 per cent for residential properties and 0.3 per cent for land annually.

One fourth of the tax value (minimum YTL 2,500) of newly built residential properties is exempt from the municipal real estate tax for the first five years.


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In Turkey, generally when a property is purchased this includes ownership of the land.

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For foreigners purchasing property: Military approval is no longer required.



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Legal Restrictions for Foreigners:

a) Persons with foreign nationality can buy maximum 30 hectares of property in Turkey in total.

b) Foreigners cannot acquire property within military forbidden zones and security zones. Renting in such zones is subject to a special permission.

c) In a district/town ( ilce) not more than 10 % of the total area of that district can be sold to foreigners

d) Foreigners from neighbour countries cannot acquire property in provinces adjacent to their country’s borders. (e.g. Greeks are not allowed to buy property on the Aegean coast, Bulgarians on the Thracian border or Russians on the eastern Black Sea coast)

d) The afore-mentioned restrictions do not apply regarding pledges or liens in favour of natural persons and foreign trade companies.

e) Properties are subject to winding up provisions in following cases: (i) if the properties are acquired in violation of laws; ii) if the relevant Ministries and administrations identify that the properties are used in violation of the purchase purpose; iii) if the foreigner does not apply to the relevant Ministry within time in case the property is acquired with a project commitment; iv) if the projects are not materialized within time.


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Yes, you will need to have a contract drafted between the seller and purchaser. You will need to appoint a lawyer to draft the contract, which will need to include details of the completion date, payment schedule and terms and conditions of both parties.

Getting your contract notarised - You are strongly advised to get your contact notarized. You will need both a British and Turkish version of the contract (or a bi-lingual contract)
This will ensure the contract is officially accepted by Turkish law and that the terms within the contact are binding for all parties.

Be wary of anyone who does not want to get a contract notarized.


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Yes, the procedure for buying a property in Turkey is the same, regardless if you have brought a property in Turkey before.

However, from the 8th of October 2013, this process has now been simplified and today if any foreign owned property has already been military approved, any new foreign buyers do not have to re-apply for military approval. (This applies to all parcels that have been previously cleared after 5 May 2011)

For further information please see YellAli's article: Buying a property in Turkey is made easier for foreigners

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The municipality (council) has the right to claim partial payments for roads, sewage systems, etc.

All payments are made directly to your local council and you will be issued with a receipt.

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National insulation standards for new buildings

Policy status: In Force
Agency: Ministry of Environment and Urbanization
Date Effective: 2000


Energy Efficiency Description: New buildings in Turkey are required to perform the thermal standards similar to EU countries since 2000.  The TS 825 was revised in 2002 and in 2008 to improve the standard. The TS 825 is now a standard under the BEP.

This standard is related with the rules of calculation methods of the heating and cooling energy requirements of the new and old buildings. Building Energy Performance (BEP) Regulation", which mainly includes the mandatory implementation of the new buildings, has come into force in accordance with Energy Efficiency Law that evaluates energy efficiency in buildings with a holistic approach.

In accordance with these regulations, building licenses are not given to the building projects which do not meet the minimum performance criteria and standards on architectural, thermal insulation, heating and cooling systems and electrical wiring issues for buildings. Some of the most important applications brought by the BEP regulations can be summarized as follows; establishment of central heating systems in buildings having the total area of ​​occupancy over 2000 m2; insulation; obligation for application of the renewable and cogeneration system investments to a specific portion of building cost; requirement for preparation of Energy Performance Certificates; periodic maintenance and control; automation, heat and temperature control, minimum standards to be applied to installations.

Building Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is started to be given since January 2011 under the “Regulation on Energy Performance in Building”. EPC will not be granted to the new buildings having less then “D” class. 

Climate Change Description: National insulation standards for new buildings (TS 825) were issued in June 1999. These standards set thermal insulation standards for new and existing buildings where renovation with 15% ratio or more is carried out. Their mandatory application started in June 2000. TS 825 defines rules for the calculation methods of heating energy requirements in buildings and is in compliance with international standards. It divides Turkey into four climatic zones (depending on average temperature) and limits heat loss from the building envelope. Heat loss limits have been reduced by half compared with the old standards. While existing buildings require about 200-250 kWh/m2, the new standards brings down heating energy requirements to 100-150 kWh/m2.

Source : IEA





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This process has now been simplified and from October 2013 if any foreign owned property has already been military approved, any new foreign buyers do not have to re-apply for military approval. (This applies to all parcels that have been previously cleared after 5 May 2011)

For further information please see YellAli's article; » Buying a property in Turkey is made easier for foreigners


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A Ipotek is a kind of mortgage, which is a security on a property for a debt or a loan of money. Ipotek is the lender's security for a debt. It is for protecting the lender's interests.

How can IPOTEK affect your property?
If the lender cannot receive his money he has the right to ask the Bailiff's Office to sell the property for debt collection. It does not matter if you are the debtor or not. The property is a security for a debt or a loan.

If you have bought a property (while there was an Ipotek charge on the property) from a person/company who has owed money to a lender (bank / company or person).
Ipotek can remain until the money will be paid. The lender has right to remove the ipotek.

If you are in such a situation, We recommend you to find out :

1- What's the amount of the ipotek?
2-Who is the ipotek owner?
3- The validity time of the ipotek
4- The interest rate of the ipotek

You can also ask the seller to make the ipotek to be removed.


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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Yes the regulation regarding the mentioned program (The Regulation Regarding the Amendment of the Regulation Regarding the Implementation of the Turkish Citizenship Law) (“Regulation”) was put into force on 19.09.2018 and it is currently valid, until further notice.

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Any foreigner who has a residency permit and has invested a minimum of $250.000 with a title deed restriction of not selling/ transferring the real estate for 3 years. – The investment must be confirmed officially. With the above in place, the individual will have the right to acquire Turkish citizenship. Clause 6 and Clause 2 state that determination of the monetary values will be done based on the effective selling rate and / or cross exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey at the determination date.

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The letter of law indicates that the property must be a minimum of $250.000. This does not need to be only one piece of real estate. It is important that all of the real estate calculated must be purchased after 19.09.2018.

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All real estate such as land, a hotel, a house, or a workplace shall be considered as real estate. The quality of Real Estate to be acquired is not defined in Regulation and it has been just defined with the quantitatively as "real estate amount of $250.000". In this aspect, the real estate could be Housing, Workplace real estate, Land, Field etc.

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The real estate must be purchased after 19.09.2018 to qualify to apply for Turkish citizenship.

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The Client may purchase more than one real estate to collect the worth of $250.000 to apply acquisition citizenship. However all these properties must be bought after the date of 19.09.2018.

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The buyer does not have to wait for 3 year to apply acquisition of citizenship since it has been stated at law that “buying the real estate with putting an annotation”. A title deed annotation for not selling 3 years term would fulfil the criteria.

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The regulation has not defined the quality of real estate to be acquired, just defined quantitatively as "real estate in the amount of $ 250.000". In this case, the real estate may have the quality of the Housing, Workplace, Land, Field etc. However it has to be stated that for attaching annotation to a real estate, real estate shall be sold in its present condition . Transfer of ownership shall be completed. There is no necessity that the estate has been finalised and the document for permission to use the building has been taken. Most importantly the whole price must have been paid.

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If you give us power of attorney, Yell Ali can follow the process from beginning to end.

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Can all people who buy property in Turkey apply for citizenship? There are some exceptional cases. You can contact us if you require any further information. Can all people who buy property in Turkey apply for citizenship? There are some exceptional cases. You can contact us if you require any further information.

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Legal documents from abroad must be translated and notarised in Turkey (such as Power of Attorney, judgments, civil status documents) and must have an apostille stamp from the country of origin in order to be accepted by Turkish authorities. YellAli offers a full translation service.

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The easiest and quickest way to be granted 'Exceptional Citizenship' is by a “Bank Deposit”.

The amount has to be $250.000 or greater, this is deposited into a Turkish bank account, and is on hold for the duration of 3 years.

The accounts that will be deposited to: can be an Interest bearing account. So you will get interest on the money.

The immigration office is quickly being notified by the Bank’s Associate that the deposit and blocking has been done. So the process is quickly implemented.

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