Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical requirements to sign a lease are:

• Valid passport
• Turkish work and residence permit card
• Proof of employment

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 2 months rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning.

Outstanding payments for utilities, water, electricity, and repairs will be deducted if necessary.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent plus 18% Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the tenant.

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Registration fee
• Tuition fees
• Admission fee
• Application fee

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.

Additional Notes

Applications for the September academic year should be submitted around March.

International schools are often outside the metropolitan area so bus travel to school is typically needed. All schools have a private bus service which is not included in the school fees.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When moving to Tukey you may want or need to establish residency. Requirements may include:

• Obtain a work and residence permit
• Address registration

It is advisable to connect with a local expert to identify any additional requirements and advise on support available to assist in meeting the local requirements.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Valid passport with non-immigrant visa
• 5 passport sized photographs
• Residence permit or Turkish I.D (copy and original)
• Health report and blood group certificate
• Criminal report obtained from your local courthouse (12 month validity)
• Origin country driver’s license (must be translated in Turkish)

Additional Notes

It is advised to translate and notarize your license and passport into Turkish.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Turkish Work and Residence permit card
• Valid Passport
• Address registration document obtained from the Civil Registry office in Turkey.

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day, as long as all required documentation is provided.

Additional Notes

Work permit and address registration documents are required when opening a bank account in Turkey.