Saturday, April 8, 2017

Holiday rentals in Turkey 2017

ButThere has been information available for months about the new registration for short term holiday apartments and villas. The problem is as always  Turkey, laws are general issued, without enough information and with very little organisation. Headless chickens come to mind.
Although this new law may well be aimed at controlling the information required to track people location, it is clearly politically motivated against foreign property owners.
Hotels have had it rough, so what better way on ensuring a better season than by restricting foreigners rent is my their properties out. After all it is the rich that have politicians in their back pockets and rich people own hotels. İt is the same the world over.
So here is a very informative article from the Fethiye Times.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March in Akyaka, Turkey

A gloriously sunny day in Akyaka Beach in Gokova Bay.
Temperatures about 20deg, slight breeze, and clear blue skies.
A perfect day to sit on the beach relax and have a beer, Turkish tea or coffee.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Michael Berk on Turkey

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Holiday Rental Laws for 2017

If you are thinking about short-term rentals for your property in Turkey, read this first or you could land yourself in trouble.

If you rent out your Turkish holiday home or investment property via Airbnb, a holiday letting agent or via your own website, even to friends and family, you need to be aware of imminent changes to the law in Turkey.

Turkey is still under in a state of emergency following the attempted coup earlier this year.

The laws are said to help prevent terrorism following the attacks on Istanbul airport where the attackers rented temporary accommodation.

All landlords who rent their properties in the short term, even for a day, may need to register all bookings and occupants with the authorities.

Landlords who do not comply could be prosecuted.

New legislation for short-term rentals

Last week, the Turkish daily newspaper Hürriyet Daily News (HDNreported that in an endeavour to prevent terror related crimes, new legislation for rented properties is being introduced.

Referring to the original story in the Turkish language daily, Star, HDN explained that residential property owners and rental companies, letting their properties short-term without a contract, will be dealt with severely if they fail to register tenants’ information with the authorities and do not pay tax.

Tough penalties for Non Compliance

The paper added that, according to regulations drawn up by the Customs and Trade Ministry, those who fail to give notice of their tenants’ information, however temporary their occupation, could be faced with prosecution for activities related to terrorism.

Currently, rental management companies and homeowners are able to rent their residential property for a short period, even by the day and these transactions require no written record or contract.

The ministry are concerned that this informal arrangement increases the risk of aiding terrorist organizations in their criminal activities, including those relating to the sex trade, as it helps them to stay below the radar and avoid being spotted by the security services.

Active discouragement

In order to discourage these unlawful activities, the new legislation will require all private and commercial property owners to give the authorities all the relevant information on their tenants, whatever the length of their short-term rentals, for each and every rental activity undertake.

This legislation has already been introduced in parts of Istanbul, following the June 28 Atatürk Airport terrorist attack.

Those responsible were reported to have made a short-term rentals close to the scene of the attack.

Stay Alert

All landlords should therefore keep an eye on the passage of the legislation and ensure they comply with any requirements that are enacted.

Landlords should also ensure that their tax records are up to date to avoid any anomalies that could arise if data is cross matched.

As soon as we get any update on this, we will post here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year - 2017

We wish everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope 2017 is awesome.

The New Year is here, so what a great time to revitalise the blog. I hope to be adding to the posts over the coming month as I have neglected to do so for some time now.

This is the new face for the homepage. There is a lot of work to do to get the website up to speed and I hope to be doing that over the coming months.

A lot of information here needs to be updated, and it will be as time permits.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A visit to Istanbul - The Basilica Cistern


The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace", or Yerebatan Sarnıcı - "Sunken Cistern"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (that is formerly Constantinople), Turkey. The cistern, located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I

The name of this subterranean structure derives from a large public square on the First Hill of Constantinople, the Stoa Basilica, beneath which it was originally constructed. Before being converted to a cistern, a great Basilica stood in its place, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the Early Roman Age as a commercial, legal and artistic centre. The basilica was reconstructed by Illus after a fire in 476.

Ancient texts indicated that the basilica contained gardens, surrounded by a colonnade and facing the Hagia Sophia.[1] According to ancient historians, Emperor Constantine built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532, which devastated the city.

Historical texts claim that 7,000 slaves were involved in the construction of the cistern.

The enlarged cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.

Measurements and data
Fifty-two stone steps descend into the entrance of the cistern. The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 metres (13 ft) and coated with a waterproofing mortar. The Basilica Cistern's water came from the Eğrikapı Water Distribution Center in the Belgrade Forest, which lie 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of the city. It traveled through the 971 metres (3,186 ft)-long Valens (Bozdoğan) Aqueduct, and the 115.45 metres (378.8 ft)-long Mağlova Aqueduct, which was built by the Emperor Justinian.[1]

The cistern has the capacity to store 100,000 tons of water, despite being virtually empty today with only a few feet of water lining the bottom.

The weight of the cistern lies on the columns by means of the cross-shaped vaults and round arches of its roof.

The Basilica Cistern has undergone several restorations since its foundation. The first of the repairs were carried out twice during the Ottoman State in the 18th century during the reign of Ahmed III in 1723 by the architect Muhammad Agha of Kayseri. The second major repair was completed during the 19th century during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II (1876–1909). Cracks to masonry and damaged columns were repaired in 1968, with additional restoration in 1985 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Museum. During the 1985 restoration, 50,000 tons of mud were removed from the cisterns, and platforms built throughout to replace the boats once used to tour the cistern. The cistern was opened to the public in its current condition on 9 September 1987. In May 1994, the cistern underwent additional cleaning.