13. As an owner of a property, what am I liable for?

13) As an owner of a property, what am I liable for?

Property owners in Turkey are liable for any injuries resulting from inadequate construction or negligence. If a building falls down due to inadequate construction the owner is liable for any damages occurred. However, if the property has been built in accordance with earthquake and construction regulations the owner of the property will not be held liable.

Under flat ownership law, owners of an apartment or home that is part of a complex also have certain responsibilities but communal areas are the responsibility of the board chosen by all the property owners. The board is responsible for any decisions made on maintenance, refurbishment, running swimming pool or sport and leisure areas. Any costs are shared between the owners and any decisions are made through discussion with owners and the board representatives.

The utilities of a property are also the responsibility of the property owner and payments must be kept up to date. When ownership of a property is gained it is essential to inform the local utilities suppliers of the change in tenure and confirm that the information they have regarding the current usage amount coincides with the information you have.

Any water supply is provided by the Municipal and any repairs are their responsibility. Water usage will be metered from the property and charged according to the amount used.

Electricity is also supplied in the same way as charged on a monthly basis according to usage and can be paid through the banks or postal office. Direct debits can be set up to pay utility bills and maintenance companies can also provide a bill payment service. 

The statements written in the questions & answers section guide relate to any land or property purchased by a non-Turkish national such as apartments, flats, villas, beach front homes, stone-built village property, holiday complex property, investment rental property with or without swimming pools, gardens or access to beaches.