Turkey is once again flavour of the month, well actually its flavour of the year for foreigners to visit for their holidays. As Easter fell early this year the resorts have been busy since late March and they will continue to be busy until the end of season, the last week of October.
As millions visit Turkey every year, renting is becoming a firm favourite and is the preferred option to staying in a hotel. The “all inclusive” deals where seen as the best thing since sliced bread had been invented and everyone was booking them. However, they have become boring and predictable and if you are on a 14 night holiday do you really want to eat the same for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day for the next 14 days? No, I don’t either. Although it’s not just the food that becomes stale it’s the entertainment, the fight for sunbeds every morning and it’s now beginning to ware a bit thin. It seems the all inclusive deals have had their heyday and holiday makers want to rent private apartments and villas.
If you are a foreigner living away from Turkey and wish to rent your apartment or villa out there are some excellent rental management companies out there. They are located in every resort and can look after your rental property for you for a fee. They will have your property cleaned and prepared ready for your next booking, they will meet and greet your guests and provide a welcome pack (if wanted) which includes the likes of tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread and butter, all the basics that will tide them over a few days.
Once your guests have left the property it will be cleaned again ready for the next guests. In the winter if the property is empty they will perform checks to ensure the property is ok and email you to let you know. Your bills can be paid by them such as electricity and water and they can arrange appliances to be fixed if they break or any water leaks etc.
When looking for a rental company ask for recommendations in the resort and look at web portals for good companies. If you don’t want to rent your property out but want your property to be checked over the winter months, most of the companies offer a key holding service and this gives you peace of mind that your property is ok.
What are the different types of rentals?
Short term rentals – Short term rentals are usually for holiday lets, it could be from 1 week or longer say 4 weeks. Short term rentals are more expensive generally as they usually cover the main summer season in July and August and as with everywhere the prices are more inflated. However, Turkish renting does offer good value for money and at a fraction of the price you would expect to pay in the likes of Spain, France or Italy for example.
Long term rentals – Long term rentals are for people who want to spend vast amounts of time in Turkey say 6 months or so, but still keep their home in the UK for example. This type of rental is very affordable as owners of Turkish property are more than happy to rent out their apartment or villas on a long term basis at a reduced cost. Often people who rent long term go on to buy their own Turkish property and it’s a great way to see if they can adapt to this type of lifestyle before committing to buy.
Long term renting before investing – Long term renting before investing is a good idea if you are considering starting a new life in Turkey, we would advise you to spend some time there. You may be surprised to learn that some people pack up their lives in the UK or Europe and move permanently to Turkey without spending even a couple of weeks there first. It’s imperative to at least holiday in different areas to find somewhere that lives up to your expectations.
All rentals now in Turkey have to be registered at the police station, don’t worry you don’t have to do this, your rental management company will do this on your behalf for a small fee. If it’s a short term rental then each new guest and their families or friends need to be registered. If it’s a long term rental for 6 months or a year those guests are registered until its time to renew their rental agreement so basically it’s done every 6 months or yearly.
All that needs to be said is happy renting!