Will in Turkey
Most foreign property owners in Turkey are not aware that a Turkish will is required to ensure easy transition of their title deeds to their benefactors.
We can help you set up a will which will reflect your wishes accurately.
If one should pass away without a Turkish will in place indicating who they wish to inherit their assets, the property may be held by Turkish government and any heir(s) may need to take legal action to prove their right to claim these assets. While a will in ones own country will provide evidence in their support, this could be a long winded process involving bureaucracy and red tape.
By making a will in Turkey you are over-riding the automatic rules and ensuring that the person/s you want to gift your property to can claim it and avoid other parties from inheriting.
In order to qualify to draft a will, you must be physically present in Turkey. The will document will be drafted after which you will attend the notary public with the document to notarize the will. In cases where the immovable asset is owned by 2 or more parties, each party must draw up a separate will.
Electric and Water Registration
When you purchase a new property in Turkey, you need to apply to register the utilities -water and electricity- in your name.
Registration is not difficult, but can be time consuming. It involves visits to the Electricity Board, The Municipality Building, and the Water Board with a number of documents prepared in a file.
We at Alanya EasyHome are happy to help you on this matter for a small fee. We will escort you to the relevant offices, and assist you with completing the necessary documentation.
We will give you a full list of documents and costs if you wish to purchase this service from us, but as a rule of thumb the documents needed and the reimbursements are:
Documents Required from you:
* Photocopy of Your Passport
* Photocopy of Your Deed
If you are not able to attend in person;
* Power of Attorney from your country of residence (if you can arrange a joint Power of Attorney on one document for a number of property owner, this would reduce the cost for you)
You are required to pay the appropriate fees for the following. These fees are variable.
* Municipal Fee
* Water Board Registration Fee
* Electricity Board Registration Fee
* Official Translation of Power of Attorney (if you do not attend in person)
Resident Permit and Visa
If you plan to stay in Turkey for longer than your tourist visa allows (90 days in most cases) you must apply for a residence visa.
At Alanya EasyHome we offer assistance to prepare the documents and accompany you to the Police Station to apply for Residence Permit in Turkey for a small fee.
How to Obtain a Residence Visa in Turkey
Residence permits can last for a maximum of five years, but may be issued for anything up to that time. If you are an EU national or a national of Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland or the United States, you should find it relatively easy to obtain a residence permit, assuming you can demonstrate that you can provide for yourself.
Applying for a residence visa from inside Turkey: If you are already in Turkey on a tourist visa, you should apply to your nearest police headquarters for residency before your current (90 day) tourist visa runs out.
Applying for a residence visa from outside Turkey: If you are still in your home country, you can make a residency application at your nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate.
In both cases, you should check ahead of time exactly what they want you to bring with you. As a rule, they will probably ask to see your latest bank statements (to demonstrate that you have enough money to provide for yourself while in Turkey), a reference from a potential Turkish employer (if relevant), the reasons for your intended settlement in Turkey, details of any assets you receive regular income from (ie, a pension) as well as details of any assets held in Turkey. If you are married to a Turkish national, you must take your marriage documents as well. All will help your case. And don’t forget the money for your visa fee!
If you apply for, and are granted, your residency visa outside of Turkey, you must register with the local police within a month of your arrival in the country to obtain your actual residence permit. If you later wish to extend your residence permit, you must apply to the same police headquarters before it runs out.
Fact! A residence permit may be extended up to four times but no longer.
Note: If you, or the head of your household, have already been granted a work permit for Turkey, the residence permit will be extended easily, usually given as a two year permit for the first application. In this case it is little more than a formality.
A residence permit is crucial if you want to take any personal belongings or your car through customs.
Tip: So what happens if you have your residence permit but want to leave the country for a while? The good news is that you can leave the country for up to six months at a time (longer if for medical or studying purposes, but please check with the relevant authorities on specifics) without it interfering with your five year residence permit. At any point while your permit is still in force, you can return to Turkey and do not need to obtain a new permit. Simply show your residence permit at passport control.
Moving house in Turkey? If you have a residence visa and move house, you should inform and register with the police in both the neighborhood you have left AND the one you are going to WITHIN 48 HOURS.
IMPORTANT NOTE – a residence permit does NOT give you permission to work in Turkey. For that you must obtain a separate work visa.