An official decision resolves the controversy over the nationalities prohibited from owning property in Turkey

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An official decision resolves the controversy over the nationalities prohibited from owning property in Turkey
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2021-11-18 Last update 2021-12-26

An official decision resolves the controversy over the nationalities prohibited from owning property in Turkey

Imtilak Real Estate has monitored for you the latest developments related to the ownership of the real estate in Turkey by foreigners with other nationalities, follow the details with us.

New Turkish decisions on the ownership of multinationals in Turkey

The Presidency of the Foreigners Department of the General Directorate of Land Registry and Land Survey of Turkey issued a circular, which includes several amendments to the articles related to the ownership of real estate by multinationals in Turkey. The most important of these amendments are the following:

  • Giving priority in owning real estate to the property rights granted by Turkish citizenship to the acquirer as a second nationality, regardless of his first nationality.

In other words, foreigners holding Turkish citizenship will be treated on the basis of Turkish citizenship regardless of other nationalities they hold, including Syrian citizenship, so anyone with Turkish citizenship can own property in Turkey as a Turkish citizen, even if his second citizenship falls among the nationalities prohibited from owning in Turkey.

The circular singled out the Turks of Syrian nationality who were previously treated by the law according to the Syrian nationality regarding ownership in Turkey, or imposed on them certain restrictions related to their nationality, which is prohibited from owning in Turkey.

  • The treatment of a foreign citizen by the property rights of the nationality prohibited from owning in Turkey if he holds another nationality that is not prohibited from ownership other than the Turkish nationality, and the circular provided an example of this as follows:

A foreign citizen holding Syrian and German citizenship at the same time will be treated in the matter of ownership in Turkey based on the Syrian nationality, which is prohibited from owning in Turkey.

الجنسية التركية انجليزي الجنسية التركية انجليزي

  • The request a document proving the origins of a foreign citizen, who was born in one of the countries prohibited from owning in Turkey and does not hold its nationality.

An example of this Palestinian born in Syria, where he must prove his Palestinian origins and not hold Syrian citizenship by being born in Syrian lands so that he can own real estate in Turkey, otherwise he will be treated in the matter of ownership according to the Syrian nationality, which is prohibited from owning in Turkey.

  • The treatment of citizens holding the nationality of a country that is prohibited from owning property, and those who own real estate in Turkey before this decision, according to the property rights granted to them by the nationality of the country on based on which they owned.

Example: A foreign citizen who holds Syrian and Sudanese citizenship at the same time, and has owned a property in Turkey before the issuance of this decision through the Sudanese passport, the title deed transactions will be carried out for the properties he owns on the basis that he is Sudanese.

  • The General Directorate of Title Deed will be referred to in Ankara regarding Syrian citizens whose names have previously registered real estate or property has been transferred to their name through a court decision such as inheritance, for example, and property applications for Syrian citizens will be rejected directly.
  • Decisions to forbid or allow foreign nationals to own property can change according to the public interest

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