Provided as a part of the buying process, Istanbul Homes also offers free after-sale services for your dream home. Utility subscriptions are one of the steps of our several after-sale services. Our after-sales services are only available for our clients who purchase a property with Istanbul Homes.

In this article, you will find detailed info about utility subscriptions in Turkey. Property buyers in Turkey will need to get the below kinds of utilities connected;

• Electricity subscription
• Water subscription
• Natural Gas subscription
• Internet subscription

You will have your own certificate of title deed after you purchase a house. Then, we'll help you get subscriptions for the utilities. We'll inform you at this stage about the simplest and safest ways to pay your household bills. Istanbul Homes will also get all the subscriptions on your behalf if you hand us a Power of Attorney.

DASK (Turkish Natural Catastrophe Insurance Pool): This is a mandatory insurance policy for earthquakes. Compulsory earthquake insurance is insurance required by the state, which is renewed every year.

First, you must have a DASK insurance policy in Turkey for subscriptions such as electricity, water, and gas. You can get it from an insurance company in your area or from the bank. The insurance fee depends on the property's size. The average fees range from 100 TL to 150 TL.

Necessary information and documents for DASK policy are as follows;

• Your personal tax ID number
• Personal phone number (valid in Turkey)
• Full address of your property
• The construction year of your property
• The number of floors of your property
• Name and surname of the property owner

You can apply for your subscriptions such as electricity, water, and gas after you have finalized your DASK policy.

Electricity Subscription

Electricity Subscription

In Turkey, electricity is supplied by private companies. Firstly, you will notify the company's customer service from which you'll purchase the electricity. Then, to complete your deal, you need to pay fees.

The average cost for an electricity subscription is from 250 TL to 500 TL. When all required documents are ready, you may get the subscriptions within 2 days.

Necessary information and documents for electricity subscription are as follows;

• DASK policy
• The copy of your title deed
• Occupancy permit
• Your personal tax ID number
• The original and the copy of the passport
• Phone number

Water Subscription

Water Subscription

Water is supplied by the local municipalities in Turkey. For example, ISKI (Istanbul Water and Sewage System Directorate) is the authority for new water subscriptions and other related works in Istanbul.

You would have to pay the average subscription fee of 600-700 TL when applying for a water subscription for the first time for a newly-built property. This amount will be between 100-150 TL when there was another subscription for the property before. When you apply for the subscription with all the required documents, you may get it within 3 days.

Necessary information and documents for water subscription are as follows;

• DASK policy
• The copy of the title deed
• Occupancy permit
• The original and the copy of the passport
• Personal phone number

Internet Subscription

Natural Gas Subscription

Private companies provide natural gas, which is one of the energy sources in Turkey. You can receive a subscription contract by applying with the appropriate documentation in person to customer service centers. The company will review your property after this contract and give approval for the installation.

After the approval, the installation will be completed following your payment on an average of 1.200 TL.

Necessary information and documents for gas subscription are as follows;

• DASK policy
• The original and the copy of your passport
• Occupancy permit
• The personal tax ID number
• Personal phone number

Important note: If your passport does not appear in Latin letters, a translation of your passport confirmed by the notary may be requested.

Natural Gas Subscription

Internet Subscription

The Internet is supplied by private companies in Turkey. Superonline and Turk Telecom are well-known and widespread suppliers in the Turkish internet service industry. Internet firms start your internet connection on average within three days.

Necessary information and documents for internet subscription are as follows;

• Full address of your property
• Residence permit document
• Personal phone number

A notification will be sent to your phone after you send your application with these details. You may pay the charge to the approved banks or internet branches using the user number in this message. The average fee depends on which company the internet provided.

FAQ

Q: Can I get the utility connections the same day I apply for them?
A:
Generally, no. However, you will get electricity and water connections mostly within three days. Internet and natural gas subscriptions take from one week to two weeks depending on the work volume of technicians.

Q: Do I have to pay a deposit at any stage?
A:
Yes, while applying for electricity, water, and natural gas subscriptions, you will deposit an amount which you will be refunded when you cancel your contract with these utility companies. Internet companies, on the other hand, do not ask for a deposit.

Q: Do you pay a fixed price for energy consumption in Turkey?
A:
No. Electricity company’s and local municipality employees visit your property and check your water and electricity meters monthly, and they leave your bills in your post box. You pay for what you use.

Q: Do you pay a lot for your utility bills in Turkey?
A:
Utility services are cheaper than in most of the European countries. According to statistics in 2018, Turkey ranks 16th  in the ranking of the world's most expensive energy prices.

Q: How can I pay my utility bills in Turkey?
A:
You can pay your bills at the banks, post offices, and bill payment centers in Turkey. Besides, you can pay them by using online banking. You can also make automatic payment orders for your utility bills. In this way, your bills will be purchased from your bank account or credit card as soon as you have enough balance.

Q: Can I apply for the utility connections by myself as a foreigner?
A:
Yes. However, generally, officers can not speak English or any other foreign language. It is advised to make these applications with someone who can translate the dialogues with the officers for you. Experienced agents of Istanbul Homes are with its customers all through the process, to prevent communication gaps and finish these tasks in a more smooth way.

Q: Can someone else get the utility subscriptions for me?
A:
In Turkey, utility connections can be made with a power of attorney. If you prefer, you can leave a power of attorney with us so that our experienced team will get the connections on your behalf.