Renting Accommodation In Turkey

If you are planning on renting accommodation in Turkey as a foreigner, let’s be clear about the fact that it is not going to be an easy task. We have prepared this blog post to go over the basics and few things you need to be aware of so you can alleviate some of the stress and hardship you might face when you are renting accommodation in Turkey. 

Over the last decade, the increase of international investors and ex-pats entering the Turkish property market has also caused an increase in the number of foreigners who are looking for rental properties in Turkey. 

Unfortunately, most landlords are rather hesitant to let flats out to foreigners especially if they do not have a stable income in Turkey. The hesitation comes from a few issues such as language barrier, difficulty to take a foreigner to the court once they left the country or just some of the problems landlords face. In order to overcome this, some landlords take extreme precautions like asking for a 6 months advance payment or withholding of various assets which is received to be rather unreasonable by ex-pats who are coming over to live in Turkey. 

How To Avoid Hidden Fees When Renting Accomodation In Turkey

Firstly, in the best case scenario, you will be expected to pay one months of rent as a deposit as well as one month’s rent upfront to the landlord before you move in. Unfortunately there is no third party deposit holding company in Turkey so your deposit is in the mercy of your landlord. There is also no grading system for landlords with bad intentions so please be careful about that. 

If you have used an estate agent to find you a rental property in Turkey, you will also need to pay a finders fee which is usually %10 of the annual fee plus the VAT. Please make sure there are no outstanding utility bills debts from the previous tenants. Unless the person takes on the registration of the utility bills of the house, the bills will be on the property in Turkey. 

So if there are outstanding bills, you will be responsible as the tenant. Please also be aware that transferring utility bills usually come with deposit costs for electricity, gas and water. You might also be required to pay a monthly fee to the management of the property for security or gardening. 

What Questions Should You Ask?

  • Is it an unfurnished or furnished apartment for rent in Istanbul?
  • Is the rent payable on a monthly or yearly basis?
  • Does the price include the bills or not?
  • How much is the site maintenance fee?
  • What is the duration of the contract?
  • How much is the security deposit?
  • How much does the agency fee cost?
  • Is the apartment close to public transportation?

Price Guide Of Renting Accommodation In Turkey

Obviously, the rents can change massively according to the place you are getting and its location. However please take a look at the table below to get a rough idea of the average rent prices in five cities in Turkey. 

Average Size (m2)Average Rent(Turkish Lira)
Muğla1021734
Antalya1101502
İzmir1111495
İstanbul991487
Gaziantep1301370

Your Neighbours

Turkish custom dictates somewhat of a close contact with people you live in a close vicinity. Although this tradition is changing in big cities, please do not be worried if your neighbours knock on your door to meet with you. Please do not be offended or worried if they ask personal questions like where you came from or the work you do in Turkey. 

You may choose to invite them for a tea but it is not necessary. Please do not be surprised if your neighbours come to you with a plate full of homemade food. The custom is to return the plate with something you have baked. If you deny the food that has been brought to you, you will definitely offend them so please do accept even if you are not going to eat it and return the plate full in return to keep good relations with your neighbours. 

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