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Real Estate Rentals in Turkey

Posted on 11 February 2019
Updated On: 30 June 2020


The Turkish Ministry of Finance has determined the increase in real estate rents in Turkey in early 2019 based on inflation rates in Turkey for December 2018. The Ministry of Finance usually relies on the producer price index in previous years but this year was based on the consumer price index in calculating rental rates for the first time.

In this article we will talk about some points related to real estate rentals in Turkey.

The rate of increase rents of apartments in Turkey in January 2019

According to the Turkish National Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT), Turkey’s average consumer price index (CPI) rose by 16.33% last year, the highest legal limit for the increase in house rents in Turkey, where the landlord cannot raise the old rent more than that. For example, if the rent of a property in 2018 was 1000 Turkish lira, it is possible for the landlord to increase the rent by 163 Turkish lira only, and he has no right to increase it further depending on the consumer price index which Turkey will rely on in 2019. If based on the Producer Price Index, the maximum allowable rent increase for the previous property will be 255 TRY instead of 163 TRY.

The Ministry of Finance has depended on this method to set the rates of high rents for several reasons, the most important of which is to try to reduce the rate of economic inflation in the country, Instead of increasing rents in proportion to the number of properties offered for rent, is the increase which is based on increased demand by tenants , and this is better where the measurement is adapted to the wishes of consumers and the consumer market. Therefore, the rate of economic inflation does not increase and it is possible to record a clear decline.

At what time the real estate rent in Turkey is raised?

Usually, The lease agreement between the landlord and the tenant in Turkey is fixed for a period of one year from the date of the signing of the contract between the parties, where there are mutual obligations between them such as not to raise the rent before the full contract period. For example, the person who is renting his house in the fourth month of 2018 is not entitled to increase any amount on the rent before the end of the contract period in the fourth month of 2019. It is necessary to emphasize that the rate mentioned in the increase in the price of rent is the upper limit of the increase.

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