Foreigners who wish to apply for Turkish Residence permit (ikamet) have to provide their official place of living in Turkey for the all term of required Residence permit (ikamet), which means rent a home for that term is required. How to find and choose a rental apartment? How to make ready a rental agreement in the way required by Migration office ?
First, lets take a look to new Law on Foreigners and International protection (from April 2014). According to it, foreigner should prove his residence in Turkey by providing official Turkish address – it can be any type of rental homes, apartments, villas , etc. , also it can be residing with Turkish citizen who will provide affidavit of support, or hotel reservation for all term. Here we will tell about home rentals in the name of foreigner.
- You have already decided about city or town, and its districts. In a case if you dont have enough proficient knowledge about place, you can search advices from Google or social networks where local inhabitants usually are members and ready to give few advices. Also you should pay attention that some areas like Antalya or Bodrum etc (tourist zones) get used to foreigners more than some other places inside of country or even some certain districts in huge megalopolis Istanbul. For Istanbul, as for us, most comfortable areas for foreigners are central parts of European side – Beyoglu, Besiktas, Sisli, of Asian side – Kadikoy, Atasehir, Uskudar. Places far from center, European side – partly Fatih, Bakirkoy, Beylikduzu, Sarier, Asian side – Maltepe, Pendik, partly Unraniye etc. Here are only samples of districts, you can also choose according to your friends’ advices or forums, considering distance till airport, metro stations, bus stops, metrobus stops, consulate etc. Also you should be aware that rental price depends on lots of factors.
- Exactly for home search you can use local real estate agencies or by yourself online at real estate websites ashttp://www.sahibinden.com/ , http://www.hurriyetemlak.com/, sometimes can be good deals at craiglist (for Istanbul http://istanbul.craigslist.com.tr/). Another source of home rentals proposals can be social networks and groups as sometimes home owners post there their adds or even other foreigners are looking for flat mates.
Little tip: if you are lady, it can be not safety to share home with Turkish guys even it is common practice in Europe or USA, you should be extra careful.
- While choosing proper home, you should pay attention on building age, windows type, heating system as winter time you may be “surprised’ by high heating or gas bills (if it is comby heating system – means you have small gas burning center and you can choose temperature level at every room separately, if you have central heating – means there is heating center in basement and whole building apartments share gas bills according to the square meters). In a case if you drive a car, you should pay attention to the parking area as some old buildings has no own parking area.
- In a case if you will be lucky to rent a home directly from home owner, you will safe good money. Real estate agent’s fee is 1 month rental amount or sometimes they calculate as 12% from yearly rental price. But in a same time be aware that some home owners are not clear people and will try to make extra money on you. Best way to negotiate about rentals is your Turkish speaking local friend beside you.
. 5. Now lets move to the legal part of the rentals – rental agreement (kira sözleşmesi). Standard rental agreement form you can find at every stationery (kirtasiye). Home owner (or real estate agent) usually have it by themselves and they will fill it in as well with their and yours information, rental term, rental price, deposit, warrantor etc.
Standard rental agreement is for 1 year and usually they want deposit and Turkish local warrantor. After 1 year if you want to extend it, you will need to make same steps again as a legal paperwork.
- Don’t be surprised if you will find out that some of the home owners don’t want to give their apartment for rent to foreigner.
- You can propose home owner to pay in one time for half or full year and ask a discount.
- Pay attention on apartment’s conditions while renting – if it is painted and fixed some things – it should be written in rental contract so when you will move out you will need to paint it as well. If it was not painted or renewed – also it should written in contract so you can fix by yourself and when you will move out you ll not need to do extra.
- In a case if few foreigners want to rent same apartment – it is possible – just should be separate rental contracts for each of them.
- So you signed up rental agreement, what should be your next step? You will need to notarize it. So how is it happening?
While notarizing contract, they will ask you to pay tax according to your situation: standard tax is 0,189% from yearly rental price. If you have deposite – you will pay extra 0,948% from yearly rental price, and if you have warrantor – one more 0,948%. It means if you will have all of that conditions, you may be asked to pay 0,198%+0,948%+0,948%=2,085% tax.
Example: lets say your rent is 1000 TL per month. So yearly rent is 12.000 TL. Rental agreement includes deposit and warrantor, so while we make it notarized, we will pay tax: (12.000TL*2,085%)/100= 250TL. This tax + notary service fee will make us pay around 300 – 400TL (depends on notary). But, if our contract doesn’t include deposit and warrantor, we will pay (12.000TL*0,189)/100=22 TL. Sometimes people ask home owner not to include deposit and warrantor into agreement notarized-to-be but be aware that it is not legal.
In a case if you will want to make notarized few contract copies – you will pay tax for every copy.
It is easy to find Turkish notary office in Google or ask someone, you can use anyone you like. You should go there preferable with home owner and your documents.
- After notary procedure, you should register yourself at address system at local nüfus dairesi personally by passport and rental agreement, and after then ask a paper from them about your address registration, you will bring it together will rental contract at your interview date to Migration office.
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