We ourselves rent for a short time, and the issue of a residence permit was postponed until the spring. But many of my friends-acquaintances have decided to settle in Turkey and are now going through the processes of obtaining an ikamet and finding a suitable apartment, which are terrible only in words. I have collected them and my own experience in a large applied instruction on the main topic of this season – how to rent a house in Turkey in 2022.
How long can you stay in Turkey without a visa?
At the very beginning, I will answer the question: how long can you stay in Turkey without a visa? Insignificant for most of us a year ago – who cares about the length of stay if you are here on a package tour? .. – today it requires a clear answer.
- Russian citizens can legally stay in Turkey without a visa no more 90 days in 180 days.
Here's another thing to consider.
After you have spent 60 days CONTINUOUSLY in Turkey, you must definitely travel to another country in order to “activate” the next 30 days. By plane, the cheapest way to get to visa-free Northern Cyprus (however, there are risks to get problems with the future Schengen), Bosnia, Georgia. Look at tickets from Turkey to Airsales.
If you have already visited the country over the past six months, the rule works like this: live 60 days, leave and subtract the duration of the previous trip (or trips) from the required 30 days. Example: a person arrived in October with luggage in the form of a July 10-day trip – which means that he has the right to spend 60 days without going out, leave and return for 20 days already.
What happens if you violate 90 days (or do not leave after the 60th day)?
A fine* that must be paid at the airport before departure. It turns out inexpensively, about 20 lire for each day of overstay. An entry ban is a very rare occurrence. There is much more leniency towards Russians, including in terms of fines, than towards citizens of other CIS countries.
*exception – if you managed to apply for a residence permit (even for 59 days)
< p>How to count 90/180 correctly?
You need to count back 180 days from the date of your current entry. My example: I flew to Turkey on October 1, but spent 1.5 months here in April-May. I minus half a year from October 1 – I get it on April 1. I count how many days I was in Turkey from April 1 to a fresh stamp – I get 45 days. Accordingly, having entered on October 1, I can stay in Turkey for no more than 45 days, that is, until November 15.
A delay in the country for more than 3 months requires legalization. So plans to rent a house in Turkey for a long time always go hand in hand with obtaining a local residence permit (hereinafter referred to as a residence permit).
How much does it cost to rent a house in Turkey?
Hotels, hostels, guest houses, airbnb – all this is in the short-term rental basket. It should get cheaper by the end of the season, but this year “something broke” and the prices are not going down.
Turkish house prices – 2022:
|Antalya||Istanbul Outskirts||Center Istanbul|
|3 star hotel||from €45||from €30||from €40|
|All-inclusive hotel< /td>||from €100||—||—|
|Unrated hotel||from €25||from €20||from €30|
|Apartment for rent||from €30||from €30||from €50|
|Apartment for a month||from €800||from €1000||from €1300|
Both Antalya and Istanbul are full of inexpensive (relative to the general pricing policy) starless hotels. Often they have an excellent location – in the center or not far from the sea – but the “stuffing” is unpretentious, thanks for at least being clean and the bed does not creak.
Of these, tested in our experience, I can recommend in Antalya – Gunduz Otel, Akcahan Hotel, Behram Otel; in Istanbul – Cheers Midtown.
Renting villas in Turkey is more common in the resorts of the Aegean Sea – there are hilly areas and more picturesque views. Fethiye and Kas (they are still on the Mediterranean coast), Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris for the amount of € 70 per day and indefinitely will give you amazing sunrises and sunsets overlooking the sea on the balcony of a classy house.
As a rule, in this case we are talking about apartments. Turkey has its own classification of “odnushki”, “kopeck pieces”, “studios”. Apartments are indicated by a set of numbers – 1+1, 2+1, 3+1, 0+1. The first is responsible for the number of bedrooms, the second – for the number of living rooms. The kitchen can be a separate room or a corner in the living room.
The southern coast of Turkey is remarkable for its numerous residential complexes with a closed territory, where there will be a hammam, swimming pools, a gym, game rooms, and, if you're lucky, a tennis court. Istanbul is beautiful for its size and the presence of all the attributes of a modern and well-fed life.
How much is it really for a long time to rent a house in Turkey – prices in 2022:
- 1+1 — €700–€900, on the outskirts can be found for €500–€600
- 2+1 — €900–€1200, minimum €700
- 3+1 —€1000 –€1500
I indicate the average range for an apartment in the south of Turkey when concluding an annual contract with a monthly payment. The first mark is for an ordinary house 20-30 minutes from the sea and without a gym, swimming pools, security; the second – behind the house at a higher level and closer to the sea. Always bargain, there is one lucky person among my friends who managed to find a nicely furnished 2+1 for €550 (but this is a big, big exception).
- Plus, don't forget about utility bills – this is also deducted from your pocket.
Now the cost of renting a property in Turkey is amazing. And I'm not sure if it will go down. All because of the hype – in particularly attractive areas (for example, Lara in Antalya) there are simply not enough apartments. Many options took over in the spring during the first wave of emigration.
I will briefly outline the situation over the past year at popular resorts. In April, we rented an apartment 1 + 1 for a month in Turkey near the sea in Alanya for 600 euros. It was extremely overpriced, the neighbors on the floor looked at us sympathetically – they knew that two months earlier such apartments cost 300 euros. And in October €600 turned into €900-€1000 per month. It wasn't that expensive, it turns out?..
Where to look for housing in Turkey for a short time – up to 1-3 months?
In order to rent accommodation in Turkey by type of hotels, hostels, inns, now it is more reliable to use Russian services — they accept payments with Russian bank cards:
Book in advance, arrive, check in and calmly start looking for an apartment for a residence permit or for a vacation – it depends on your goals, in the end 🙂
Sites where you can rent an apartment in Turkey , are limited to the three above + these two:
- Sutochno.ru is a very popular service for renting private housing in Russia, but is just entering the foreign market, and therefore there are few options (about 50 options in Alanya, about a dozen in Antalya)
- Airbnb – you can find an apartment in any corner of Turkey, but it is impossible to pay with either a Russian card or a Turkish one (!!!); but you can dodge and agree in a personal to pay in cash on the spot and hope for the honesty and responsibility of the owner
There is also such a Turkish site – Sahibinden – I will tell you more about it below. Still, this is more a tool for semi-annual or annual rent, but there is an unobvious advantage for “short-term” clients.
Where to rent an apartment in Turkey for a long term?
In fact, obtaining a Turkish residence permit by rent is one of the easiest in the world. In 2022, that's right.
It doesn't even require outside help. You just need to find and rent a house in Turkey for six months or a year, while not missing the area (which was discussed above), fill out a form on the website, select the date for submitting the rendezvous documents, collect and submit documents and wait for the result.< /p>
After you have concluded an agreement with the owner and certified it with a notary (150-300 lira), we take the papers required for residence permit.
What documents to bring with you to the rendezvous:< /p>
- long-term lease agreement
- copy of the ownership of the apartment (this is called “tapu”)
- insurance for the entire lease term (“sigorta”, can be obtained at the nearest office, and enter in Googlemap)
- 4 photos
- passport and its copy
- Turkish Inn (ivd.gib.gov.tr)
- printout completed application for a residence permit (e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr)
- receipt of payment of the state duty for a residence permit (600 lira, paid locally at the tax office)
As you can see, there are no rare documents on the list that you could leave at home, and there are no apostille requirements. Everything is extremely simple.
There is such a possibility that at the rendezvous they will be asked to bring additional information. For example, an extract from your Turkish bank account. In general, opening an account is one of the first gestures that you need to make in Turkey if you have planned a move. We have detailed instructions on how to open a Turkish bank account without a residence permit — which banks issue cards now and under what conditions.
If the residence permit is approved, you will receive an ikamet plastic card in 10-15 days. Looks like a Russian driver's license. Since a residence permit for rent is considered a tourist residence, you do not have the right to work in Turkey. But they are not required to pay taxes either 🙂 It is interesting that, as with the overstay fine, the state duty for a residence permit is one of the lowest for Russians.
Our article about obtaining a bank card in Turkey has collected 700+ comments and has become such a kind of mini-forum where people share their experience, which is very helpful for new readers. I will be happy to read (and publish) your stories of renting apartments/rooms/houses in Turkey – let's help each other.
Where is it cheaper to rent a house in Turkey? Our experience
On the one hand, prices are depressing – since when has Turkey been approaching European rent prices cities?..
But on the other hand, if you go inland, to cities where it is cheaper to rent a house in Turkey — to small provincial centers like Konya, Isparta, Denizli — you can easily find diamonds there for €200–€300 per month. But for many, the decision in favor of such a scenario stumbles over infrastructure and the importance of the Russian-speaking environment and the sea nearby.
The size and development of the place also sets the tone for housing prices in Turkey: renting a property in Antalya will be cheaper than in Istanbul. In Alanya – cheaper than in Antalya. In Avsallar (in a resort village dying out for the winter) – cheaper than in Alanya.
- A separate type of housing that will save those who urgently leave, having lost their jobs and not yet having prospects for remote earnings, is the so-called “toki”. Or social housing. They are often suitable for residence.
Usually this is a two- or three-story house in a field by the road or in small villages far from large cities, where apartments are rented by today's standards for next to nothing – for € 100–€200 per month.
How much money do you need to live in Turkey?
Complex issue. Absolutely, the main expense is housing. Further according to needs. I will answer with my own example: we have been living in Turkey for a month, we are not going to stay for a long time, so we don’t really hit everyday life.
A typical day of us, two people, consists of:
- Breakfast and dinner at home = 0 TL
- Lunch in a cafe = 200 TL
- Compulsory coffee in a coffee shop and optional dessert = 100 TL
- Travel by bus back and forth to the coffee shop = 32 lira
- Pair of transfers on one scooter (convenient) = 30 lira
- Purchase in the store every 2 days = 150 lira
On a normal day, 360 lira ($20, 1250 rubles) comes out, on the day of the purchase – 510 lira ($30, 1750 rubles). We count on 30 days and get 13,000 lira ($700, 45,000 rubles).
An example of a food basket for 350 lira ($19, 1200 rubles). Imagine that we are cooking pasta with chicken and mushrooms, and baking pancakes for tea:
- Chicken fillet, 1 kg – 80 lire
- Pack of Barilla pasta – 16 lire
- Butter, 250 gr – 50 lire
- Sunflower oil, 1 liter – 50 lire
- Cream box, 200 ml – 15 lire
- Mushrooms, 400 gr – 22 lire
- Black tea, 200 gr – 20 lire
- Flour, 1 kg – 18 lire
- Eggs, 10 pcs – 40 lire
- Sugar, 1 kg – 28 lira
- Water, 5 l – 8 lira
I met interesting discussions: how much does it cost to furnish an empty apartment in Turkey? The participants in the conversation agreed on an amount of 30,000 liras and more 🙂
What to consider when renting an apartment in Turkey for a long time?
1. It is quite possible to rent a house in Turkey from the owner on your own, there is a sahibinden website for this, your time and willingness to communicate and negotiate in Turkish or at least in English
2. When concluding a rental agreement, be sure to check in the tapu (certificate of ownership) that the address of the apartment matches where you are going to rent, and that the name of the owner and his passport data are listed in the tapu.
3. Previously, it was possible to pay for an apartment in lira, now, due to the rapid depreciation of the national currency, in euros or dollars.
4. Due to the super popularity of the Turkish housing stock, some owners of the “golden” boxes dictate their unpleasant conditions: payment immediately for a year in advance, period. Disagree, this only fuels and perpetuates the trend. Conditions are considered normal when you pay rent for 3 months + deposit for 1 month and + commission to the agent (if you used his services).
5. Make sure that the rental agreement stipulates a mandatory return of money if you are denied a residence permit! Translate for yourself every line in the contract, there should not be anything superfluous.
6. I do not advise you to rent an apartment on the ground floor, specify what is for heating (so as not to drive the air conditioner in winter).
That's all for now. Leave comments, ask questions!
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