Even after owning for 15 years in Turkey and thinking I knew the score I still had to do a mad dash before 15th June to legalise the Iskan on my property and ended up paying a fortune in fines (Thanks to the weak Lira not as bad as it could have been).
It's good to see the authorities applying the law but this being Turkey I wonder if it's just that the wrong palms have been greased rather than serious environmental concerns.
This is just another government money spinner if you ask me.
"Violations both on its coastal structures and land-side have been determined…Also, there is the problem of visual pollution…"
Visual polution in Bodrum...... nah.
It's not just the visual pollution, but if the buildings are not legal, then what about other features of the engineering like sewage disposal. We had a friend who had a house on the bodrum peninsula going back 15 years or so, early morning there were suspicious brown slicks close to one newly built hotel.
I gained somebody their HC some years back, in those days there was no amnesty.
Whilst going through the process I found out that the villa next door was on the plot of land the villa I was dealing with. Akbuk Belidye had to be involved to get the HC & it wasn't long before they pointed out to the me that the villa was illegal.
They gave options.
(a) They will knock it down (it was only the shell) & the land owners pay the bill plus the fine. Over all cost around 20,000 TL (plus fiddle no doubt)
(b) The land owner knocks it down (Brits).
(c) The builder knocks it down.
(d) The owner of the shell knocks it down.
Once thing was for sure.........it was going down & they gave 28 days for it to happen.
The builder had "done one", the shell owner was a German Turk woman who was a Doctor living in Germany. I contacted her & she had a rant at me telling me not to touch it. The Brits who owned the finished villa were terrified that if they let me knock it down they would be sued.
I used a solicitor along with official notification from the Belidye Office to calm the Brits, they on day 24 finally gave the nod, day 25 I paid 3,000TL for some Turks with big boys toys to knock it down (needed more than JCBs), by day 27 it had gone.
Via email I sent pictures to the Brits & the German Turk, the Brits were over the moon (still worried) but over the moon..........I never heard back from Germany.
Depends where you are but for sure, Akbuk don't mess about, well they didn't in those days. Villa shells look unsightly & do nothing for an area apart making people ask........."what's gone on there", the usual reply being, "probably ran out of money".
Whilst everyone everywhere wants to deal in cash, Turkey is no different. One thing that always stuck out to me, everything could be paid for with cash direct into the hand except Tapu tax, real government money. That was paid into a bank & direct into a government account, receipt given & handed to the Tapu Office. I dread to think how it would’ve gone if cash had been acceptable across the counter in the Tapu Office.