Accommodation in Istanbul

Istanbul is a large, sprawling city and it can be overwhelming for new arrivals seeking accommodation. Most expats looking for accommodation in Istanbul tend to choose the areas on the European side of the city, although there are also plenty of housing options on the Asian side.

Types of accommodation in Istanbul 

There are numerous accommodation options in Istanbul, including apartments, houses, condominiums and luxury villas. The price of property in the city varies according to the type and quality of the residence, as well as its location, age, and whether or not it has parking facilities. 

There are options for furnished and unfurnished apartments and houses in Istanbul. Many expats choose to live in housing estates, which are increasingly common. 

Finding property in Istanbul

There are many online property portals which cater to all budgets and tastes. There are also many real estate agencies throughout Istanbul, some of which specialise in the expat market, which is useful in limiting language barrier issues.

Traffic congestion can be a real problem in Istanbul and expats should, therefore, consider the proximity of their house or apartment to public transport and the distance they will have to travel to get to work. 

Renting property in Istanbul

Leases in Istanbul are usually signed for a year. A deposit equivalent to one or two months' rent is usually required to secure the property. An agency fee may also apply if going through an agent.

In order to rent property in Istanbul, expats may need to provide a number of documents, such as their passport, a letter from their employer and proof of income. Other documents may also be needed, depending on the landlord or agent.

Utilities, including water, gas and electricity, are normally included in the rental price for short-term leases, while those in long-term rentals may be expected to pay for their own utilities. This is usually dependent on the landlord and may be negotiable. 

Most landlords and estate agents may not be able to speak English and most rental agreements are written in Turkish, so it’s best that expats have a trusted friend or colleague who speaks Turkish to accompany them on their house hunt.

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