By Justin Mays:
Finding an apartment or home to rent in Turkey is an effortless task, but settling for one that fulfills the needs and requirements of your family will take some time. While it seems easy to go with the first option you come across, it can be costly in the long run.
Sometimes you view properties that impress you and make you feel like you have found the one, but there are a few points you should consider before sealing the deal.
Prime Property Turkey brings you the following list of factors to consider when renting accommodation in Turkey, so you make the best decision for your budget. Let’s begin!
Are You Happy With the Location?
You can find the best accommodation in the world, but if the location isn’t right and lengthens your routine commute to work, it can be quite the deal breaker. You should make sure that the flat or house you decide to rent is close to different modes of public transport and does not increase your travel costs.
The second element to look at is safety. No matter how attractive the property is, renting it can do more harm than good if it is located in an area with a high crime rate.
You should also ensure that the location has no noise problems so that you can live a peaceful life in your newly rented accommodation. Tour the neighborhood to get an idea of the environment and the location demographics.
Does it Fit Your Budget?
When hunting for a property to rent, you have to be sure whether you can afford it. Researching the average rent prices in that neighborhood helps you understand the market and get an idea of how much your budget should be to rent there.
If a particular area you are interested in is too expensive for you to afford, you can always explore the areas nearby. However, if a property has meager rent and almost seems too good to be true, it's best to avoid renting it since it might have issues you are unaware of. It would be best if you also negotiated the rent with your landlord.
When deciding your budget, you should also consider other expenses, such as bills, transportation, and other potential expenses.
Bear in mind that the property type can significantly affect the costs you will have to pay. For example, a smaller accommodation won’t have a very high heating bill compared to a bigger one with high ceilings.
Work With a Real Estate Consulting Agency
While platforms such as sahibinden can help narrow your search, working with a real estate consulting agency has its benefits. At Prime Property Turkey, we provide consultation services to our clients and do everything possible to give them the best for their money. Our professional team comprises multi-lingual experts to serve clients of various nationalities easily.
Run Vital Checks
You should run the necessary legal and contractual checks to save yourself from future troubles. A reliable landlord should have no problem cooperating with you for this. Check the TAPU or Turkish title deed to make sure the landlord’s name on the I.D. and the title deed match. Have a meeting with the building management to make sure there are no pending maintenance payments and ensure the building also possesses a DASK (earthquake insurance). You can read our Title deed blog to get more information about what TAPU is and why property buyers need it.
When you are ready to rent the accommodation, ensure you carefully read the clauses in the contract and check the start and end dates of the contract. Ensure the contract includes the deposit amount details as well. The contract protects the renter and the landlord from exploitation, so analyze every part of it carefully before signing.
Furthermore, a law was passed in 2022 to limit the rental increase to no more than 25%.
Ask All the Right Questions
Inquire about who used to live on the property and their reason for leaving. If the property had long-term tenants, then renting this accommodation might be a good idea. If a property has multiple tenants that left after a brief stay, this might indicate issues with the property, so it would be ideal to move on to a different option.
Inspect Every Detail
Don’t go off the pretty pictures available online. Go for an in-person tour. Check all the details and the conditions of the items within the accommodation, including the faucets, air conditioning, paint and plumbing. Check if there are ample windows to let in sufficient natural light and make sure the space has no safety problems. Taking the time to check out every detail can help you eliminate additional costs in the future.
Turkish apartments and homes for rent also require you to pay a monthly maintenance cost called the Aydat, so ask about the Aydat costs to ensure your monthly expenditure is manageable.
What are the Amenities?
The amenities of the property have to fit your needs. Some examples of essential facilities every property should have are security and elevators. If you have children, then renting in a complex or building with green spaces can provide your children with a secure space to play in.
While you can only get some of what you want if your budget is limited, your living situation should still be smooth and comfortable.
So, are you looking for rental properties in Turkey? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you with incredible offers!
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