What are the documents required to buy a property in Turkey?

Learn all the documents required to buy a property in Turkey and the definition of each of these documents and ways to obtain them. Read at Imtilak Real Estate.

What are the documents required to buy a property in Turkey?

When buying a property in Turkey, the title deed is the official document that proves the owner's right to his property, and despite the variety of forms of real estate bonds in Turkey, they share with each other the basics of obtaining them.

In this article, we talk about the method of obtaining a title deed (Tabu) in Turkey, and the documents needed to complete it in accordance with the legal procedures in force in the country.

What are the documents required to buy a property in Turkey?

The documents required to complete the process of buying a property in Turkey are as follows:

A copy of the passport

If you are a foreigner legally residing or not in Turkey, and you have the right to legal ownership in the country, that you are one of the nationalities allowed to buy property in Turkey, you must show the official document that granted you the right to enter the country and issued by your home country.

The passport must be translated into Turkish, and the translation certified by one of the accredited Notre departments in the country.

Tax number (Vergi Numarası)

All financial work to be conducted in Turkey revolves around the tax number of each foreigner, which is an indispensable document when registering the property as an asset in the official departments.

We will shortly discuss the method of getting the tax number and the importance of this number in transactions.

4 personal photos

The title deed in Turkey usually bears the photo of the property owner. Therefore, the title deed departments require 4 recent (biometric) personal photos of the new owner of the property, which are inserted electronically on the title deed.

What is the tax number in Turkey?

The tax number in Turkey, or what is known in Turkish as (Vergi Numarası), is a number assigned by the Tax Department in Turkey to each specific person, and it is required to be shown in many legal or official transactions. The tax number for a foreigner residing in the country is also required when he wishes to open a new bank account in Turkey, in addition to any necessary transactions.

This number can usually be obtained easily and within a few minutes, regardless of whether or not there is an official residence in Turkey.

The tax number also gains its importance from the fact that it is necessary to show it when conducting many transactions, such as paying residence fees, registering ownership of a car or real estate, or when initiating any activity that has a financial legal capacity with the Turkish government.

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How to get the tax number in Turkey?

As previously mentioned, obtaining the tax number in Turkey for foreigners does not require a legal residence status in the country, as it is sufficient to have a translated and attested passport with the Notary, or a copy of a notarized lease contract.

After preparing the passport, or a copy of the rental contract notarized by the notary, the state's tax department is directed to, where the tax number is extracted directly.

What is a notary in Turkey?

Notary in Turkey: The entity or department is mandated by the Turkish government to certify the official documents and confirm their integrity, and the integrity of the signatures and seals they bear.

In some Arab countries, the function of the notary corresponds to the function of a notary. Notary ratification of documents grants the status of accreditation and acceptance by the official authorities in the Turkish state. The function of the notifier is to match the seals and ensure the authenticity of the papers, documents, and certificates submitted to him.

Therefore, documents translated from foreign languages ​​acquire legal status after being certified by the notary, so government departments and the judiciary are not obligated to verify the authenticity of these documents again.

The most famous documents that usually require a notary stamp are:

  • Translated official personal documents, such as passports, personal identification cards, and a driver's license.
  • University certificates issued by foreign countries.
  • Marriage contracts, guardianship of children, birth certificates…
  • All types of real estate lease contracts, both residential and commercial.
  • All types of public and private agencies.
  • Undertakings and contracts of partnerships.
  • All documents that need to be documented by the government, such as marriage contracts and birth certificates.
  • Contracts for the sale of real estate only futures (or what is known as a promise to sell contract).
  • Car sales contracts, driving agencies and etc.

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Where are the Notary offices located in the cities, and do I need an interpreter to deal with it?

Notary offices are distributed in all Turkish cities, where each notary district has a dedicated notary, and each state has a major department, called the Notary Chamber, to which all the notary centers in the province are affiliated.

When the Notary certifies a document, the Notary records its name, number, and full data. To review the Notary offices based on the department's name or number, you can use the website www.tnb.org.tr, then choose Notary Bul, then specify the search criteria, and then click on Aramaya Basla to locate the intended Notary.

In case you are not fluent in the Turkish language, you may have to have a sworn translator certified by the Notary office in question, who will accompany you when authenticating your documents.

The fees for attesting papers at the Notary vary according to the type of document, its number of words, and some other controls, but roughly according to the pricing lists for the year 2021 AD, the cost of certification of papers varies as follows:

One sheet, one side only
70 to 89 TL
One sheet, two sides
140 to 160 TL


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