By: mytapu webmaster | November 29, 2017

What does my Tapu say? What is a Tapu?


A Tapu for Turkish property is often referred to in English as a title deed, but it is not a deed. The term ‘deed’ has a specific legal meaning in English, and the legal meaning of the term ‘deed’ does not apply to a Turkish Tapu.

 

A Tapu is a certificate from a Turkish Land Registry providing a record of all ownership and cadastral information held on file for a property at that Land Registry. Yes a recently issued Tapu certificate does provide evidence of ownership on the date upon which it was issued, but only an inspection of the Land Registry files can be used as evidence of the current ownership. This is because in modern times there are no title deeds issued to secure ownership in real est...

By: mytapu webmaster | November 23, 2017

Is my property kat irtifaki of kat mulkiyeti? What does my tapu say? This is a question often asked by foreign property owners in Turkey. Why? The reason is because a kat mulkiyeti tapu shows a property has received a Building Utilisation Permit and is thus licensed for use as a residential dwelling. And the term ‘Habitation Certificate’ pertains specifically to this aspect of the tapu. For a property to pass from a kat irtifaki state, to become kat mulkiyeti, the Building Utilisation Permit license is required the -  Kat Mulkiyeti izin Belgesi, or ‘iskan’, for short. This is what is often referred to as the ‘habitation certificate’.

 

Technically speaking, when a developer receives construction permits, a land parcel has been ...

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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