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03.11.2023

Turkiye's Short-Term Rental Law: What You Need to Know

Turkey has recently introduced amendments to the law governing the short-term rental of residential properties for tourism purposes. These changes bring in important regulations that have implications for both property owners and those looking to rent accommodations for brief stays. Here are the key points you should be aware of:

1. Permission and Licensing: Before finalising a rental agreement for tourism purposes, property owners must obtain special permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and obtain the appropriate license.

2. Display of Ministry-Issued Signage: For residential properties rented out for tourism purposes, it's mandatory to display a special sign at the entrance, issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This sign serves as a clear indicator of the property's status.

3. Unanimous Consent for Licensing: Obtaining a license for short-term rental activities necessitates unanimous consent from all owners of the building in which the premises are located. This requirement ensures that all co-owners are in agreement regarding the use of the property for short-term rentals.

4. Exception for Complex Charters: If short-term rental activities are explicitly stated in the charter of a residential complex, there's no need for a separate license. This provision was not a previous requirement but can now be added, particularly in older residential complexes, with the approval of 4/5 of all owners.

5. Application to Specific Buildings: For residential complexes consisting of multiple buildings, this regulation applies exclusively to the building in which accommodations are rented for tourism purposes. In new complexes where at least one TAPU (property title deed) has been issued, new owners will need to obtain the consent of the owners or amend the charter with the approval of at least 80% of the owners.

6. Ministry Inspections: The Ministry has the authority to conduct inspections of buildings used for short-term rentals, ensuring compliance with regulations.

7. Exemption for Long-Term Rentals: Lease agreements with durations exceeding one hundred days are not subject to this law. It specifically targets short-term rentals.

8. Infrastructure Requirements: The specific infrastructure requirements for residential complexes suitable for short-term rentals are still being clarified, indicating further developments in this area.

These legal amendments aim to regulate the short-term rental market in Turkey, providing guidelines for property owners and maintaining the quality and safety of accommodations offered to tourists. If you are involved in or considering short-term rentals in Turkey, it's essential to understand and adhere to these new regulations.

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