A Tapu is an official registry document to prove you own a property. Translated it means title deeds, and in this article, we will explain what terminology is used on a Tapu. The Land Registry and Cadastre Directorate of Turkey issues, lodges and archives Turkish tapus.
To prove the legality of the document, there should be a stamp in the center at the bottom. In most cases, the owner's photograph is also suffixed and sealed to the top-right of the Tapu, but this isn’t obligatory. More than one person’s name can appear on the title deeds, in which case the respective shares will be shown.
Turkish Tapu Explained: Meanings of Terms Used
• Ana Gayrimenkulün: Description, location and cadastral coordinates of the property
• İli: City
• İlçesi: Town
• Mahallesi: District
• Köyü: Village
• Sokağı: Street
• Mevkii: Area
• Pafta No: Sheet number
• Ada No: Plot/block number
• Parsel No: Parcel number
• Niteliği: Feature (whether it is vacant, cultivated or land with buildings)
• Yüzölçümü: Area/size of the land
• KAT MÜLKİYETİ: If this box is ticked, the property has an official habitation certificate
• KAT İRTİIFAKI: If this box is ticked, the property does not have habitation, but double check with the local council because previously, many properties across Turkey were issued the wrong status.
• DEVRE MÜLK: This shows timeshare ownership
• Bağımsız Bölüm: Structural statuses like if it is a flat, house, or duplex
• Satış Bedeli: Purchase price
• Arsa Payı: Land share (what proportion of the land belongs to the independent unit)
• Blok No: Block number
• Kat No: Floor number
• Bağımsız BLM No: Independent unit number
• Edinme Sebebi: Reason for purchase
• Sahibi: Name(s) of current owner(s)
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