Short-Term Rental Property Management in Turkey

Created02.01.2024, 09.00
Updated30.01.2024, 10.04

The sector of short-term rental in Turkey is quickly expanding. It offers the potential for higher income than long-term rentals. That’s why the sector is becoming more and more in demand every day as investors continue to buy property in Turkey to rent out.

Forbes claims that short-term rentals generate 30% more revenue for homeowners than long-term ones because daily pricing is more flexible than calculating the monthly rental charge.

Homeowners can optimize rental prices in short-term rentals based on season and demand. Consequently, they can take advantage of seasonal trends to boost rental revenue.

Additionally, homeowners can rent out their properties at any time and under whatever circumstances they see fit, based on their schedules, expectations, and availability.

As an added advantage for Türkiye, renting a home is quite simple due to the country's considerable visitor traffic. Large cities like Ankara, Izmir, and Istanbul never fail to draw travelers. Coastal cities like Mersin, Muğla, and Antalya are popular, especially in the summer.

Another advantage is that there is no property purchase requirement for getting a short-term residence permit. Tourists may live in Turkey for a long time with a tourist residence permit. You can check the details on the page No Limit for Residence Permit in Turkey.

As demand increased, the Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Culture and Tourism published the "Regulation on the Rental of Residential Properties for Tourism Purposes" in the official gazette on December 28, 2023, to prevent damaging or illegal incidents about rentals of less than 100 days.

What are the new regulations for short-term rentals in Turkey?

two people signing contractThe new rules state that any property rented for less than 100 days, including through services like Airbnb, will be categorized as a tourism house. They will be subject to short-term rental rules.

To make short-term rentals, you must obtain a tourist Turkey residence permit, i.e. a tourism house license, from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The permit application procedure will be completed in three months.

Visitors must be added to the identity notification system upon their arrival. Penalties will be applied if the homeowner does not register the visitors in the system.

Additionally, if properties are in a building or a complex, homeowners must get permission from all titleholders in the building or complex. After getting all the permits, they can get a tourism license.

Annual contracts will be used for rentals lasting 100 days or longer.

If the requirements are not fulfilled, a penalty of 100.000 TL will be applied for each property rented. The penalty will rise to 500.000 TL unless a permit is obtained within 15 days.

Source: Regulation on the Rental of Residential Properties for Tourism Purposes

FAQ on Short-Term Rental Management in Turkey

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

Q: Is short-term rental management legal in Turkey?
Yes. It is considered a sub-branch of tourism activities. That’s why it requires a tourism house license for short-term rentals issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Q: Do I need a license to manage short-term rentals in Turkey?
Yes. You must get a tourism house license for short-term rentals issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Q: What are the risks involved in managing short-term rentals in Turkey?
Potential investment and income loss, tax implications, property management challenges, and tenant-related issues are some risks. That’s why homeowners may consider working with a professional rental property management company.

These companies offer many services, from cleaning the house to renting on your behalf. They handle your transactions following the law and rent your home to people with a high guest profile.

Q: What fees do short-term rental management companies typically charge?
Fees can vary from 10% to 50% of the rental cost. Companies provide a wide range of deals and packages based on the provided services. Costs are also influenced by the house's location, size, and furniture.

Q: What services should a short-term rental management company offer?
Some include marketing the property, managing reviews, guest communication, organizing cleaning and maintenance, insurance, pricing and fees, etc.

Q: What taxes do I need to pay on short-term rental income in Turkey?
Homeowners were already paying taxes under Airbnb tax regulations. On the other hand, the new law will result in new tax obligations (tourist residence certificates, plaque, etc.). Pricing requirements are expected to differ depending on the property type.

Q: Which cities in Turkey are popular for short-term rentals?
It will be simple for you to rent a house in any Turkish city because all Turkish cities have a high tourism potential. Large cities like Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, as well as popular tourist locations like Antalya, Muğla, Mersin, Bodrum, Kaş, Kalkan, and Cappadocia, lead the list.

Q: What type of property is best suited for short-term rentals?
All kinds of real estate in Turkey are appropriate, although, with the current regulations, villas appear to be more easily rented. You must obtain consent from each title holder if the flat you want to rent is in a building or complex containing several flats.

However, this rule does not currently apply to villas as they are usually detached. So, villa owners do not require the consent of other title deed owners for rentals of less than 100 days.

If the application for detached properties is made with a title deed that does not contain the word "residence", the title deed will be evaluated along with the necessary documents upon a written declaration that there is a residence on the land.

If you want to buy an investment property for rental purposes or simply find your dream property for sale in Turkey, you can contact TEKCE experts at any time. TEKCE manages your entire property purchasing process and then recommends top-performing property management companies to you upon request.


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