When moving to your new home in Turkey, the first thing to do is to get your utilities connected. At first, this might seem like a compelling task, but in reality, it is not. In Turkey, the procedure to set up electricity, natural gas, and water are almost the same. Furthermore, the process is extremely easy and hassle-free. Here’s a guide to help you connect utilities in Turkey.
General Information About Utilities in Turkey
The following documents will be required to set up utilities in Turkey:
- Residence Permit Card
- Rental Contract or Title Deed
- Passport/Passport Copy
- In case someone else is getting utilities connected in your name, a “Power of Attorney” will be needed. (Issued by a notary public in Turkey)
- Previous bill (if any)
- Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool (DASK in Turkish) – you can get this from your landlord.
You will be required to pay a security deposit for each utility that you are setting up. Official security deposit amounts for each utility are as follows:
- Electricity: 142,20 Turkish Lira (TL)
- Natural Gas: 510 TL
- Water: 196,50 TL
Connecting Utilities in Turkey
To get utilities connected, all you have to do is to submit the required documents to relevant authorities. For electricity you will have to submit your documents to the power administration, CK BOĞAZİÇİ ELEKTRİK. For water, submit your documents to İSKİ , and for natural gas apply for a connection with İGDAŞ.
Please make sure that your building has an Occupancy Certificate in order to connect utilities. Otherwise, you will have to share one bill with all the other building residents. This will certainly create a problem. So, when you go out to rent or buy an apartment, do not forget to ask for Occupancy Permit to avoid billing hassles later on.
Another important document that you should have is a previous bill. Having a copy for a previous bill will speed up the utility connection process and you will save a lot of time. You can request a copy of a previous bill from your landlord. Once you present this document, the relevant office will detect your full address and meter number easily, and then give you a new subscription number immediately. In case you do not have a previous bill, you can take a picture of the meter number and show it to the officers.
Paying for your Utilities
The easiest way to pay for your utilities is online payment. Download your bank’s mobile application, go to the payment section and click on ‘Bills’. Input your subscription number and you can keep a track of your bill. You can make manual payment every month or or give a standing order and set up automatic bill payments.
If you want to pay physically, there are two options.
- Paying via PTT (Official Post Office in Turkey). There is one branch of PTT in every district.
- Paying through the Bill Payment Centers (Fatura Ödeme Merkezi). You can find these centres almost everywhere, but they charge a small commission somewhere between 5-10 TLs.
Move to Turkey
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