Turkish Government Unveils New Regulations for Short-Term Rentals

Turkey has enacted a new law, the "Law on Renting Residences for Tourism Purposes," which has been published in the Official Gazette. This law seems to regulate residential rentals for tourism purposes, such as those offered on platforms like Airbnb. Here are some key points from the information you provided:

  1. Rentals for Tourism Purposes: The law defines residential rentals covering a period of less than 100 days as "Housing Rentals for Tourism Purposes." This means that if you rent out your property for short-term stays to tourists, you are subject to these regulations.

  2. Permit Requirement: To offer your property for tourism purposes, it is mandatory to obtain a permit from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism before entering into a rental agreement. This indicates that hosts will need to go through an approval process to legally operate.

  3. Penalties for Non-Compliance: The law introduces hefty penalties for those who rent out their properties without the required permit. The penalties are as follows:

    • First Violation: An administrative fine of 100,000 Turkish Liras per house rented, with a 15-day grace period to obtain a permit.
    • Continued Violation: If rental activities persist without a permit during the 15-day grace period, a fine of 500,000 Turkish Liras will be imposed, and another 15-day period will be given to obtain a permit.
    • Persistent Violation: If no permit is obtained after the second grace period, a fine of 1 million Turkish Liras will be issued to those who continue to operate without a permit.

It's important to note that these regulations aim to bring short-term rental properties, often listed on platforms like Airbnb, under government oversight and ensure compliance with local laws and safety standards. Property owners or hosts need to be aware of and adhere to these regulations to avoid significant fines and penalties.

If you want to learn more about the specific details of this law, I recommend following the link provided or consulting with local authorities or legal experts who can provide comprehensive information and guidance on how to comply with the new regulations.