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What Should Foreigners Pay Attention to While Paying Rent in Turkey?

The concept of international mobility in recent year with the foreign population living in Turkey has increased clearly. Foreigners started to reside in almost all major cities of Turkey, especially in big metropolises such as Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir and Antalya. As a natural consequence of this situation, the residence needs of foreigners have increased and the method of renting a house has become one of the most frequently used solutions. First of all, we need to mention that if you are going to rent a house in Turkey, you must make a written rental contract. In Turkey, the oral contract of the contract does not affect the rights of both parties, but in case of future disputes, written contracts can be used as proof. In addition to the beginning date, the rental agreement to be prepared should include the clear identity information of the tenant and the landlord, the address of the rented real estate, the rental price and the payment method, the use of the place used, the active status, the fixtures, if any, and the deposit amount. As we mentioned above, it will be very useful to explicitly include such situations in the contract in order to prevent future disputes.

There are some points that you need to pay attention to not only at the stage of the rental, but also when paying the rent. According to the current legal regulations in Turkey, if the rent you pay is 500 Turkish Lira or more per month, it is a legal obligation to make this payment through the bank. If you are paying the rent of the house you live in, you can choose the house rent from the money transfer section and pay your rent. At the end of the transaction, a receipt will be given by the bank, keeping this receipt will be for your benefit in case of future disputes. If your rent is less than 500 Turkish Liras per month, you do not need to make the payment via bank. In these cases, it is very useful for you to request a written and signed document confirming the receipt of the rent. If you have not specified the day the rent will be paid separately in the contract, according to the general practice, the rent should be paid within the first 3 days of the month. In addition, a legal increase in your rent may be applied upon completion and renewal of the lease term. According to the law, the rental price in renewed rental periods cannot be more than the announced consumer price index (CPI). Click here to find out the current CPI rates.

If you have questions about the issues to be considered while paying rent in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.


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