I just lately rented a flat in one of the wanted locations in Turkey: Akyaka. You see, Akyaka is an enigma, a comparatively small city that simply so occurs to neighbor a kitesurfing seashore with the best situations for studying the more and more in style adrenaline sport. As well as, Akyaka has its personal distinctive structure consisting of two- to three-story villas with signature wood-lined terraces and window options. In summer season, Akyaka is a trip sizzling spot and with restricted lodging accessible, it’s practically not possible to lease a flat year-round.
Now, I’ve lived in my fair proportion of houses in Turkey (this will probably be my twelfth) and I’ve to confess that I’ve truly solely used an actual property agent twice. Not that I’m towards them, my mom was additionally one within the heyday of Bodrum a decade in the past. It is simply that I’ve gone to buddies at most buddies’ homes. Nonetheless, this time was completely different. I truly hit the street searching for a brand new dwelling that was not Bodrum a yr in the past and my first ground was Akyaka. I liked its magnificence, mellow vibe and quirky character, although after looking for something to lease for a couple of month, I simply gave up. However now I do know the place I went unsuitable. I did not go to an actual property agent.
So this yr, I made a decision to do issues in a different way and instantly agreed to search for a flat on provide by a neighborhood actual property agent and evidently, it was my dream come true. In some way, this yr the tide has turned and the flats accessible all through the primary yr have been precisely what I used to be searching for. Whereas it may be simple to discover a flat via an actual property agent, it comes with a hefty price ticket, so be ready to dish out wherever the equal of a month’s lease. This will additionally occur within the case of brief time period leases – in spite of everything, irrespective of how lengthy the rental interval, the actual property agent has to do the identical quantity of labor. Within the case of my year-round rental, I used to be charged a “searcher charge” of 10% of the yr’s whole. Meaning, not solely did I’ve to pay 12 months’ lease upfront, an extra month’s lease as a deposit and 10% of the complete annual rental quantity went to the actual property agent. It’d sound like an enormous expense, however belief me, I actually consider it is price it.
The factor is, I am joking with my buddies and the neighborhood about how I’ve passports from three completely different nations, which suggests I can reside nearly wherever on the planet, however by some means with Akyaka. This explicit metropolis had turned me away! Final yr, I simply could not discover a dwelling in Akyaka utilizing my ordinary word-of-mouth route. This yr, I made a decision to vary my house-hunting course of and go away it to the professionals. I need to say, I used to be rapidly rewarded.
You see, Turks usually favor to lease out their houses to folks they know or at the least to prolonged acquaintances. Whereas web sites equivalent to sahibinden.com or Sabah’s telephone book may be extraordinarily useful, many owners select to work with just one actual property agent they belief and keep away from overtly promoting the property. . In locations like Aquica, the place housing is saturated, owners do not have to fret about not renting out their area. What issues to them is that their tenant is dependable.
In earlier years, renters in Turkey notoriously couldn’t pay lease and it might take months for property homeowners to have the ability to reclaim their houses. Today, if a tenant would not pay two months’ lease and is warned twice, they’re topic to authorized processes that may result in eviction. Consequently, many landlords will request a one-year fee, particularly within the first yr, after which the property proprietor and tenant can agree on their phrases within the yr.
Working via an actual property agent gives a bonus for each the property proprietor and the renter and ensures that the authorized rights of each events are correctly addressed. As well as, if a scenario does come up down the street, your actual property agent acts as an individual with whom you too can talk. For a lot of property homeowners, particularly overseas, actual property brokers additionally act as property managers and might help maintain the property correctly maintained and prepared to your arrival.
Basically, rental contracts are made for 12 months. Nonetheless, in lots of vacation locations, fares are provided just for the low season, which suggests the months of October to Might. A one month deposit is often requested by the house proprietor to be refunded or deducted relying on the situation of the property. When renting a furnished condo, the actual property agent will put together a complete checklist of all of the furnishings and gear included within the rental. Different clauses, equivalent to whether or not there will probably be an imminent improve in lease for the approaching years and whether or not a flat may be subletted, must also be included. As a possible renter and tenant, it is very important agree on all of the phrases earlier than signing. A renter may additionally make sure requests equivalent to asking for a brand new coat of paint, cleansing the home and even asking for extra or fewer items of furnishings or gear.