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...