Proof of ownership (Tapu)
In Turkey, you can only call yourself the owner of a property if you have a TAPU, a proof of
ownership.

What is a Tapu?
If you buy a property in Turkey you get a TAPU, a proof of ownership, which is an official extract from
the Turkish real estate register. At TAPU you will find the following information briefly: location of
the property, a photo of the owner, type of TAPU, information about the property and archiving
data. This official proof of ownership document can only be signed in a TAPU office in the presence of
a TAPU official.

You can see below an example of a TAPU document with a detailed description and translation.

The TAPU consists of 3 parts:
a. Information about the property (address etc.)
b. Independent unit section (information about the owner, type of residence etc.)
c. Archiving data (stamp and signature of the TAPU official etc.)

 

a)Main Real Estate Section. Location Details of the apartment building or project.

 

No.Name                      Meaning

1- Ili                                 Province

2- Ilçesi                   Borough, district or town

3- Mahallesi                   Parish, quarter

4- Köyü                            Village

5- Sokagi                          Street

6- Mevkii                         Location

7- Fotograf                       Photo

8- Pafta No              Map Number Land Registry

9- Ada No                   Plot Number on Map

10- Parsel No              Parcel Number on Map

11- Niteligi            Type of Property ("Building" or "building land")

12- Ha                                 Hectares

13- M2                               Sq.meters

14- Dm2                            Sq.decim.'s

15- Siniri                   Boundaries of the parcel

 

b)Independent Unit Section

 

No. Name                                                           Meaning

16-Kat Mülkiyeti           Ownership of real property rights for land and the finished building on the land

17-Kat Irtifaki                 Ownership of real property rights for land and the unfinished building on the land

18-Devre Mülk              Timeshare. Fractional/timed ownership (the independent unit is owned just for a certain period of a year)

19-Satis bedeli             Purchase price. Make sure that this is the actual price otherwise you run the risk of a substantial fine for tax evasion.

20-Niteligi                                        Type of Property ("Building" or "building land")

21-Arsa Payi                                                   Share in land shown as Share/Total

22-Blok No.                                               Block (Building, Mansion) Number

23-Kat No.                                                            Floor Number

24-Bagimsiz bölüm No.                                   Apartment, house number

25-Edinme sebebi            The reason why the property is being acquired. For example, 'Sales', 'Donation' or 'Legacy'. Including the particulars of the buyer and seller.

26-Sahibi                           Name of Owner or Owners. More than one person can own the same property. In this case, their respective shares are to be shown in this section.

 

c)Archiving data , stamp and signature of the TAPU official.

 

No. Name                                                  Meaning

27-Cilt No.                      Binder No. First coordinate of the location of the sales contract in the Public Registry

28-Sahife No.                  Page No. Second coordinate of the location of the sales contract in the Public Registry

29-Sira No.                    Entry No. Third coordinate of the location of the sales contract in the Public Registry

30-Tarihi                                                   Date of registration

31-Yevmiye No.               Transaction Number. Each transaction is assigned a unique number.

32-Siciline uygundur       Appropriated for registration. Stamp and signature of the official of the Public Registry