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