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What are the Responsibilities of Foreign Tenants to Houseowners in Turkey?

The number of foreigners living in Turkey is increasing day by day, and their demands for residing, which is one of their basic needs, are also increasing noticeably. As a natural result of this situation, the demand for rental housing by foreigners who have a residence or work permit in Turkey is increasing. Both tenants and houseowners have certain responsibilities to each other in the rental agreements made with the houseowners and specifying the rental conditions. It is worth emphasizing once again that rental contracts must be made in writing in order to prevent potential negative situations and disputes that may arise in the future. In this article, we will talk about the legal responsibilities of foreign tenants to their houseowners.

Basic Responsibilities of Tenants

We would like to remind you that it is a legal obligation for both parties to comply with all the issues specified in the rental agreement. Tenants are required to pay the rent within the time period specified in the contract, use the rented house in accordance with its purpose and diligently, and cover the cleaning and maintenance expenses. Again, tenants may not make significant changes or revisions to the property without the houseowners clear permission. It is also one of the main responsibilities of the tenant to notify the houseowners without delay of situations that may decrease or affect the value of the residence, other than the fault of the tenant, in the residence or in the apartment where they live. In addition, it is the tenant’s responsibility to keep the belongings of the houseowners in a clean and working condition in the furnished houses.

Unless otherwise stated in the contract or stipulated in the law, a compulsory insurance, tax, fee, etc., these payments are the responsibility of the houseowners. Environmental Cleaning Tax, on the other hand, is paid to the municipality to which the residence is affiliated, and this payment belongs to the tenant. In addition, it is not legally possible to transfer the rented house to someone else without the written consent of your houseowners .

If you have questions about the responsibilities of foreign tenants to houseowners in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.


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