Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Understand your Turkish title deed

When purchasing a property the most important document is without any doubt the title deed, since it proofs the ownership of the property.

In this blog post we will take your through the current procedures for obtaining the title deed as well as explaining what kind of information you find on the printed version of the deed.

We also want to point out very clearly that the printed version of the deed does not hold any other value than the paper it has been printed on.


You can see it as a kind of diploma and should you loose the printed version there will be no consequences.

Even if someone that you do not trust gets hold of the printed version of your title deed, it can not be abused.

The ownership is registered at the land registry office and it is the information in their computer systems that are valid.

Until recently the process of obtaining a title deed was somehow complicated and time consuming.

Luckily things have improved for the better and today the process goes as follows...


Via an online system an appointment for initiating the process is obtained from the land registry office.
Relevant information such as the public evaluation of the property, buyer and sellers personal information etc are collected and handed in to the land registry office.


The information is then controlled and validated by the land registry office after which buyer and seller are informed about the fees related to the transaction.

Seller and buyer must then pay these fees into a bank account belonging to the land registry office.

After that the title deed transactions is ready to be initiated.

This final process takes place at the land registry office where buyer and seller meet and sign the relevant documents.


Immediately after signing the information is fed into the computer system and the transaction is then confirmed and finalized. 

The entire process normally takes 2-4 days.

With the transaction completed it is time to take a closer look at your title deed. 

As you might have noticed it is in Turkish and not that easy to understand.

This is why we have made this walk-through of the information that can be found on your title deed.


1: Information related to the location of the property such as region, area and city.

2: Photo of the owner. In case there is no photo on your title deed it does not make any difference.

3: The land registry numbering and location of your property.

4: Type of construction, for instance plot or the number of buildings on the plot.

5: Size of the plot

6: Information showing if the building is a part of the city plan. Here you should see "paftasinda" or "planlanadir".

7: Information about the legal status of the property. Should be "kat irtifaki" or "kat m├╝lkeyeti". In case it is "kat irtifaki" you should check the status of the "ferdi iskan".

8: Public valuation in Turkish Lira.

9: Type of property such as villa, apartment or duplex.

10: Share of ownership of the common areas.

11: Number of the apartment.

12: Information on seller and buyer.

13: Information about current owner and their shares.

14: Internal information used by the land registry office in case the property belongs to an area that has been joined with another area or in case there are any claims such as easements or other on the property.

15: Issuing date of the title deed and reference number.

16: Internal information used by the land registry office in case the property belongs to an area that has been joined with another area or in case there are any claims such as easements or other on the property.

17: Stamp and signature of the title deeds office.

Again we want to remind you that the paper version of the title deed holds no actual value and that you can easily obtain a new print in case you have lost your initial version.