Turkey has passed a law according to which those wishing to rent out housing to tourists for a period of less than 100 days must obtain a special permit. The corresponding decree was published on Thursday, November 2, in the official government publication Resmi Gazete.
“To rent out housing for tourism purposes, you must obtain permission before concluding a rental agreement for tourism purposes. In addition, a special sign must be posted at the entrance to the house <...>,” the resolution says.
The license will be issued by the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It will also be possible to obtain a permit certificate through the governor. In addition, when submitting an application, it is necessary to provide the consent of all owners whose property is located in this building, the ministry added.
“An administrative fine in the amount of 100 thousand Turkish liras (about $3.5 thousand US) will be imposed on those who rent out houses <...> without the appropriate permission,” the publication reports.
After such a fine, violators must obtain a license within 15 days, otherwise they will be fined in the amount of 500 thousand liras (about $17.6 thousand US). If landlords do not solve this problem in the next 15 days, the fine will be increased to 1 million Turkish lira (about $35.3 thousand US).
Earlier, on October 20, the Turkish authorities increased the minimum cost of real estate to $200 thousand for those wishing to obtain a residence permit (residence permit) in the country for owning it. Previously, the minimum cost of housing was $50 thousand in small cities and $75 thousand in megacities. According to the new rules, the issuance of a residence permit for owning real estate is possible only if the apartment costs at least $200 thousand.
It is noted that the changed rules for obtaining a residence permit will affect those who purchased real estate after October 16.
Earlier, on January 25, it was reported that Ankara decided to tighten the verification of applications for a tourist residence permit. It was noted that applications pursuing goals such as obtaining education, reuniting with family, conducting scientific research or starting a business must be submitted for the appropriate residence permit. The same applied to people who own real estate in the country.