Acquiring real estate of foreign real person and foreign legal
person is ordered in the article 35 of Land Registry Law
2644. According to this;
With the reservation of reciprocity and compliance with legal
restrictions, foreign real person can acquire real estates, where
falling under the real estate use or locality development plan in
central provinces for the purposes of using as residence or
business aims in Turkey.
The trade corporations which have been established according to
their own laws in foreign countries and have legal personality can
acquire property of real estate and limited real rights in respect
of special laws.
De jure and de facto circumstances are taken as basis in
determination of reciprocity. In implementation of this principle
it's stipulated that the rights granted by a foreign country
for real estate acquisition to its own citizens should also be
granted to the citizens of the Republic of Turkey.
According to this, foreign real people's acquiring real
estates comprises of three groups in a country scale;
a. Precise reciprocity (The countries which their citizens can
acquire real estate freely in general legal restrictions)
b. The countries without reciprocity. (Their citizens cannot
acquire real estate)
c. The reciprocity which consist in specific circumstances.(For
instance the ones whose acquirements are allowed only a house,
second acquiring are subject to permission, who can acquire with a
circumstance of residence permit and whose acquirements belongs to
When the citizens of countries which take places under the title
of (a) and (b) apply to the Land Registry Offices, this demands are
being fulfilled by these offices or received refusal.
The citizens of countries which take places under the title C
can acquire under the supervision and permission of The General
Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre.
In any forms whatsoever when needed documents or permission
process is completed, there is no difference between Turkish
citizens and foreigners about its procedure, other process of
foreigners real estate acquisition (transaction preparation, tax
revenue, needed documentaries etc) is exactly the same as Turkish
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