Tourists become victims in the fight against illegal renting of apartments in Turkey

Tourists become victims in the fight against illegal renting of apartments in Turkey

The Turkish media flashed information that the Turkish authorities intend to restore order in the real estate sector. The notes said that the owners of real estate illegally renting out their apartments or apartments are damaging the tourism industry in particular and the economy of Turkey as a whole. Firstly, very often they dump. Secondly, none of them pays the appropriate taxes. Thirdly, it is in such apartments that many events related to crime are recorded (fraud, theft, violation of the terms of stay in the country, etc.).

Many left these notes without attention, but in vain. On August 15, there was a “sweep” of illegally rented apartments in Fatiha (a popular tourist area of Istanbul). In just 1 day, more than 300 such apartments were identified. Tenants have been evicted from all these apartments, the property itself is sealed – its owners will be seriously fined. 


But the most unpleasant thing is that the main victims of these raids were those who rented these apartments. Many of them did not even suspect that they were breaking the law. They booked a property on an open resource “booking”, paid money upon arrival in Istanbul (for example, one Russian family paid almost 400 Euros for a house for a week), and now they are left without a roof over their heads and, most likely, no one will return the money to them. 


Similar raids will soon take place in other districts of Istanbul and cities in Turkey. Therefore, those who go to tourist resorts should understand all the risks associated with renting apartments or houses. If it turns out that the landlord rents his property illegally, the tenants of this housing can be evicted by the police at any time. 

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