Property Owners (5)
ARTICLE UPDATED 30TH MARCH 2018: We last wrote on this subject on 10th November 2017. Today's report brings you details of what is required for 2018.
If you own property in Kalkan and rent it out to holidaymakers there are some additional factors for you to consider this year. If approached calmly and logically these requirements are entirely manageable. It just takes a little planning and organising, although admittedly it is a little more difficult if you are not here to do things for yourself.
At a meeting in Kaş for foreign residents back in 2010, the Chief of Police outlined a local initiative to improve emergency response times. This was further explained at another foreigner's meeting at the Kalkan Jandarma station later that year.
Kalkan Turkish Local News discussed the scheme with the Kalkan Jandarma, and we give details below of a voluntary scheme, specifically designed for foreigners in Kalkan.
But first, some background as to why this voluntary scheme is being introduced.
When we say 'emergency', for the purposes of this scheme, we are talking about some kind of problem at your Kalkan property. The most likely scenario would be some kind of break in or theft. But it could also be helpful in other situations.
No matter where you live in the world you need to take reasonable steps to protect your home and possessions. Of course it is sensible to insure against break ins, but better still if you take precautions to deter the thief from choosing your home in the first place.
It's hard to find crime statistics for Kalkan. Even if we had them, it would be tempting to compare and contrast them and come up with all sorts of conclusions, many of them probably not all that helpful.
So perhaps it's best to begin by acknowledging that there are burglaries in Kalkan and just one is one too many if it's your property. So what steps can you take to deter a thief? We look at security products, security services and simple, sensible things you can do on a day to day basis.
We last wrote on this subject on 6th June 2017. Today's report brings you important news of a change in approach from the local tax authorities in Kaş.
Back in June we told you about what we termed "the elephant in the room" - namely whether renting out for holidays was classed as "commercial activity", and if it was how this would oblige property owners to establish a business (company, partnership or sole trader).
KTLN was, and still is of the opinion that holiday rentals do constitute commercial activity. More importantly, several months ago it was viewed as such by officials in some parts of Turkey, including Muğla province, however the prevailing view of the authorities in our part of the world has been more benign.
This report is about the new requirement for registering guests renting out holiday villas and apartments. It replaces our earlier report published on 15th April 2017, following further discussions we have had with the Jandarma in Kaş.
We hope that this new report clarifies some of the confusion that arose following the implementation of this regulation. However we should stress that differences of opinion remain - particularly if you look further afield to neighbouring provinces.
We said in our previous report that we got the impression that the implementation of these rules was a fluid and dynamic chain of events and that the practical details had yet to be finalised. We also said that things would become clearer over time. This has proved to be the case.