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Longer term rentals

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Longer term rentals

Hello,

Does anyone have experience of renting an apartment for a longer period say,6 months.

(Not a holiday rental). and have any tips or info for me please.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Longer term rentals

If you're staying for 6 months you'll need a residents permit. It's quite straightforward once you work it out. Unfortunately this forum is for holidays but if you'd like to ask anything please message me.

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2. Re: Longer term rentals

Yes, if staying for more than 90 days within any 180 days you need a residence permit. It is fairly straightforward to obtain but pricey - it is essentially a daily tax on foreign residents.

The old procedure was to apply at the foreigners office of the local police station before your tourist visa expired. I understand you are now required to apply before arriving in Turkey if it is your intention to become a 'resident'.

To complete any formalities correctly, e.g. utilities, mobile phone, rental contract, you will need a residence permit. There are however ways and means and you may wish to look into the consequences of over-staying a tourist visa - they amount to a fine equivalent to the cost of the residence permit, calculated daily but with a clause that for an extended duration, over a month, you are 'banned' from returning for the same number of days as the over-stay in addition to the 90 days within the last 180 rule.

If you were looking for any sort of legal employment, the visa required would need the prior sponsorship of the prospective employer and is neigh-on-impossible to obtain if the job could be done by a Turkish person, i.e. limited to Teaching English or having some globally-specialist skill that does not exist in Turkey.

Edited: 17 October 2018, 15:31
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3. Re: Longer term rentals

Thanks, I think I worded my question badly! I am not planning to live/move to Turkey, That's why I posted on this site. Just want to rent a flat for a longer holiday (I am retired) so would be coming back to UK every couple of months or so. But would be willing to pay a local the going rate for a long term let.just wanted to know of any obvious pitfalls.cheers guys.

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4. Re: Longer term rentals

As said, the 90 days in the last 180 rule is the most significant. If you intend being in Turkey for more than 90 days in any 180, you are meant to hold a residence permit.

Look on AirBnB. There are loads of foreigners conned into buying apartments in recent years which they cannot sell and are now happy to let.

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5. Re: Longer term rentals

You apply for a residents permit in Turkey. You can't apply until you arrive.

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6. Re: Longer term rentals

Yea, sorry that was very clear thanks.I don't think the visa issue will be a problem as I will conform by coming back to UK within that period.and the air b+b are not priced in a way that would make a long trip viable for me.I have seen flats for rent at 1100tl a month, this is the sort of thing I have been thinking of.and was looking for advice/tips re this.anyhow I will enquire when I arrive just hoping for a head's up! Cheers

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7. Re: Longer term rentals

You need to check out sahibinden.com but it's in Turkish and most are yearly contracts.

The residents permit isn't that difficult or expensive and a short term one would give you the freedom to come and go as you please. Worth investigating.

Edited: 17 October 2018, 17:11
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8. Re: Longer term rentals

Great!that's the kind of insight I was hoping for.I have looked on the sahbinden (spell?) Site but had no insight into the yearly contract.and it seems that those ads are directive contact with owner.I think I probably need to employ a local interpreter. I am assuming that behind the shades deals may be possible. Though I would not expect you to comment.lol.bye the way if any of you are willing to private message pls let me know.

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9. Re: Longer term rentals

No problem Andrew - message away!!

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10. Re: Longer term rentals

Still missing an element of comprehension. With the tourist visa you can go back and forth as many times as you like. Each entry and exit is recorded. The rule is you cannot spend more than 90 days in the previous 180, as recorded, in the country without a residence visa.

It used to be that you could obtain a 3 month tourist visa, leave near its expiry date, then return. That is no longer the case. "90 days in the last 180" is exactly how it is - no matter how many times you leave and enter Turkey and no matter how many visas you pay for. They can overlap but that is irrelevant. Unlike the UK the Turkish authorities know exactly when you arrived and when you left. And a "day" is not overnight. One night counts as two days. Please re-read my earlier comments.

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