It is a legal obligation for foreigners who will apply for a residence permit in Turkey to declare a valid residing address. According to the new regulation, which started to be implemented as of 2022, the rental contract to be submitted to the Immigration Administration by foreigners who will apply for a residence permit for the first time must have the signatures of both the tenant and the houseowner in the presence of a notary public. In other words, it is now a legal obligation for the document to be approved in the presence of a notary public. According to the old practice, the houseowners and tenants could make the contract themselves, and then the tenant had it notarized and handed it over to the Immigration Administration. However, with the new application, signatures must be made mutually in the presence of a notary public.
Foreigners who will apply for a residence permit for the first time must have their passports translated by a notary public. If you have had your passport translated before, you will not need to translate it again. In addition, if you are a foreigner and do not speak Turkish, you should definitely request a sworn translator for your mother tongue during the signing process at the notary public. Generally, there are translators in notary publics in big cities, and you should not forget that you always have the right to ask for help from notary authorities. You should definitely ask the translators for confirmation on the most important points such as the rental property, rental period and monthly fees. If you have agreed with your houseworks on all issues, you can sign the relevant lease in the presence of a notary public. After signing your contract, do not forget to request a copy of the title deed and numbering letter from the houseworks.
If you have questions about the things to be considered in the rental contract to be given to the Immigration Administration in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.