The rules have
recently changed regarding the way in which military clearance is
obtained, before a foreigner can buy a property.
In some cases it may
speed up the buying process, as we explain below.
The relevant law here
No 6302. It
stipulates that before a foreigner can buy a property in Turkey, checks
must be made to ensure that the land is not considered militarily
sensitive. In Kalkan, to the best of our knowledge, there are no
sensitive areas, and the search is widely regarded as a formality,
albeit an important one.
Good news-bad news
This military search can take several weeks to obtain, and slows
down the whole buying process. So the good news is that in 2012 it was
announced that the search would be made much quicker, by sending the
military maps to local tapu offices. This would enable searches to be
made locally, rather than having to send them off to a central point for
This new system was
supposed to be up and running by May 2013. However the bad news is that
the maps have not yet been delivered: well, certainly not to the Kaş
tapu office, and as far as we know, nowhere else either. So whilst
local checks are coming, currently in Kaş, it is still taking about 10
weeks to get a search back.
Previous searches may help
But there is a positive development that we can share with you.
purposes, land is divided into parcels, and a number of parcels are
grouped together in a block - this
block in Turkish is called an "ada".
From August 2013, where military clearance has already been obtained for
a parcel of land within a specific "ada", then that military clearance
can be used for all the other parcels in the same block, without the
need to undertake an additional military search.
The only proviso here
is that the original search that is being relied upon must have been
made after 5th May 2011. Searches made before this date do not count.
So if you are about to buy a property
in Kalkan, you may wish to check whether there are any previous searches
that will save you time and money.
Source: the Kalkan Local News website.