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What is a TAPU (Title Deed) ?

The TAPU is the legal document which shows you have ownership rights over the property. It contains the owner’s full name and photo, and details on the property. Once the property is sold the Title Deed is transfered from the person’s selling to the new buyerthis concluds the sale

TAPU glossary of terms

Ana Gayrimenkulun
Description and location of the property
Ada No
Plot number
Square decimetres
Borough or district
Square metres
Feature (what the land is presently used for)
Pafta No
Pafta number
Parsel No
Parcel number
Street, road
The area of the land (you can measure this by adding the Ha, m² and dm² together)
Kat mulkiyeti
Ownership of a ready-made independent property (apartment, house, office etc)
Kat irtifaki
Ownership of a property that is not yet ready for use (due to construction work or the fact licences have not yet been granted)
Devre mulk
Timed/fractional ownership (when the property is owned for a certain time period annually)
Bagimsiz Bolum
Information about the independent unit on the property
Arsa payi
Land share (the amount of land that belongs to the property)
Blm No Independent unit number
Blok No
Block number (ie, house number)
Edinme sebebi
The name of the buyer and the reason why it is being bought/sold
Kat No
Floor number
The name(s) of the present owner(s). If more than one person owns the property, their shares are to be shown in this part of the document. Shares should be shown as part of the proportion of the land.E.g., If a flat has the ownership of 10/543 of the land on which the property is based, and that property is owned by four people named AB, BC, CD and DE with shares of 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% respectively,
these individuals will be shown on TAPU like this:
AB: ab: 1/543 hisse
BC: bc: 2/543 hisse
CD: cd: 3/543 hisse
DE: de: 4/543 hisse
Hisse means share and ab, cd and de are the names of the individuals fathers.

How can I check the details?

To check whether a property does indeed belong to the owner in question can be certified using the pictures and the names that appear on the TAPU. If the TAPU is a photocopy, ensure it has been notarised by a notary public. This is vital to ensure the TAPU is legitimate. To check the legitimacy of the names on the TAPU, ask to see the sellers ID card and check this against the document.

Check with a civil engineering office to ensure that the coordinates of the property, as listed on the TAPU, are correct.

You can also ask the TAPU official to make an annotation on the document to prohibit any unsolicited ownership transactions. This means the property cannot be sold or transferred to third parties.