Law of naturalized Syrians owning real estate in Turkey
Find out about the law on the ownership of the real estate by naturalized Syrians in Turkey, and can Syrians holding Turkish and other nationalities own properties in Turkey?
Imtilak Real Estate updates investors who are of Syrian origin, and at the same time hold other nationalities, whether Turkish or otherwise, with the latest information related to the ownership of naturalized Syrians in Turkey, follow the details.
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- The law for Syrians with Turkish citizenship to own real estate in Turkey
- The law for Syrians holding non-Turkish nationalities to own real estate in Turkey
The law for Syrians with Turkish citizenship to own real estate in Turkey
The ownership of Turkish real estate by Syrians with Turkish citizenship in Turkey has given rise to much controversy among foreign investors. Whereas, Turkish law required Syrian investors with Turkish citizenship to obtain written approval from the Immigration Department in the state in which they reside, to complete the process of buying real estate in Turkey.
On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, the Presidency of the Foreigners Department of the General Directorate of Land Registry and Land Survey of Turkey issued a circular stating that Syrians who obtained Turkish citizenship are granted the right to directly own real estate in Turkey, and therefore they are treated in this regard as citizens Turks.
The law for Syrians holding non-Turkish nationalities to own real estate in Turkey
Among the items included in this circular regarding the ownership of the real estate in Turkey by Syrians holding nationalities other than Turkish, are the following:
- In the case that the Syrian holds a nationality other than Turkish, he is treated as a foreign citizen, according to the property rights of the nationality prohibited from owning in Turkey, and we can give an example of this with the Syrian citizen who holds German, Swedish or any other nationality other than Turkish, as he will be treated in the matter of ownership in Turkey on the basis of the Syrian nationality, which is prohibited from owning in Turkey, and therefore he will not be able to buy a property in Turkey based on this circular.
- It’s mandatory to request a document proving the origins of a foreign citizen, who was born in Syria or one of the countries prohibited from owning property in Turkey and does not hold its nationality, for example: A Palestinian citizen born in Syrian lands, 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.
Does the naturalized Syrian have to get approval before buying property in Turkey?
Turkish law required Syrian investors with Turkish citizenship to obtain written approval from the Directorate of Foreigners Affairs to complete the real estate purchase process, but after making amendments to the articles related to real estate ownership by multinationals in Turkey, the eligibility of naturalized Syrians to own real estate in Turkey was established. Turkey directly, without the need for written approval from any third party.
Does the Turkish state have the right to seize the properties of naturalized Syrians?
The Turkish state cannot in any way seize the property of naturalized Syrians in Turkey, because one of the things included in the circular, which is in the interest of the Turkish of Syrian origin when owning property in Turkey, is to revoke the mandatory signature by a Syrian citizen of the document to transfer ownership of the property to the state treasury during the transfer of their property, in the event of withdrawal of citizenship or in the absence of a Turkish heir.
The circular also stipulated the treatment of citizens who hold the nationality of a country that is prohibited from owning property, and who owned real estate in Turkey before this decision, according to the property rights granted to them by the nationality of the country on the basis of which they owned, and to make the matter more clear, we can give an example of this as follows:
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 of Sudanese nationality.
In addition, it will be referred to the General Directorate of Title Deed 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, and property applications for Syrian citizens will be rejected directly.
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