By: mytapu webmaster | June 16, 2020

Due Diligence on Property Purchases in Turkey- Payments, Property, and Procedures June 2020
Due Diligence on Property Purchase, Procedures and Payments in Turkey June 2020

June 16, 2020 How to buy a property in a foreign country? The people selling the property – agents, developers, and the solicitors they recommend- will usually assure you there will be ‘no problem’. Should you believe them? They make it seem so simple. Just like home.

There will be similarities between your home country and a foreign country like Turkey when it comes to buying. The general principles are the same. And that’s were it ends. The details are different, and that’s where the danger lies.

The risks are associated with a different language, culture, legal system, and of course, property system, known as a cadastral system. It may be that in your home country many of these risks have been removed because the various aspects have b...

By: mytapu webmaster | January 28, 2019

Why Register Your New Habtation Certificate (Yapi Kagit Belgesi) on Your Tapu 

 Question: Should I have the new habitation certificate registered on a new tapu now, or can it wait?


Clarification: Obtaining a newly updated tapu which shows the new habitation certificate, the Yapi Kagit Belgesi, has been issued, is a good idea to have done now, and here’s why. On many old tapus, the status of the planning permissions (and other things such as ownership) is not always clear, and often ambiguous. This is partly because different land registries in Turkey did things differently from one another at different times in the past. (How and why this occurred is another story, with historical and cultural context dating from Ottoman times.) Slowly matters are converging towards standardisation. So on an old tapu...

By: mytapu webmaster | January 16, 2019

Habitation Certificate Registrations Turkey

Habitation Certificate Registrations


Have you applied for the Iskan Amnesty and received the assurance of a ‘habitation certificate’ with the new ‘Yapi Kagit Belgesi’ ?


Perhaps you may like to register it on your tapu, and thus finally eliminate all questions about your tapu status, now and for the future?


Brief Clarification of Issues Related to 'Habitation Certificate Registration on a Tapu:

Costs, Actions, Budgeting:

As mentioned, registering the ‘habitation certificate’ onto the Tapu is something that can be done while the owner is not in Turkey. There are minor additional costs, primarily associated with the authorisations needed from the owner delegated to the representative dealing with the matter on the owner’s behalf.


By: mytapu webmaster | February 28, 2018

Are the authories in Turkey introducing new measures to enforce the use of Habitation Certificates (Iskan / Building Utilisation Permit) ?

From our clients has learned that fines are now being levied by the local fiscal authorities upon owners of properties without an Iskan (Habitation Certificate).

How are the properties detected? When does this occur? How much are the fines?

This is quite likely the result of an introduction of new and tighter enforcement measures- and this does not need confirmation from official sources, as such enforcement measures have long been promised - but are these measures being applied in all locations uniformly and immediately, or gradually with local variations?

If you have been notified of receiving...

By: mytapu webmaster | November 19, 2017

Is my property legal? Do I have a habitation certificate? What is a habitation certificate?

These questions are frequently asked by foreign property owners in Turkey. And with some trepidation, fearing the answer will be for the worst.


To begin with, let’s clear up some common misconceptions….


First, to be perfectly correct, technically speaking, there is no such thing as a ‘habitation certificate’. The reason this term is so widely used is because in the early days of doing business for foreign property buyers in Turkey, someone adopted this term instead of the correct terminology- which is  ‘Building Utilisation Permit’, referring to the Turkish Yapi Kullanma Izin Belgesi. If the Building Utilisation Permit authoris...


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