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Utilities in Turkey

by admin (4/8/2010)

Setting up Utilities in Turkey

Where to go to set up electricity, gas, telephone and more for your new home in Turkey.

When you buy or rent a home in Turkey, you will need to do the same things as you would do elsewhere – set up your bills! In Turkey, electricity and natural gas are provided by the local distributing and retailing companies, though natural gas is only supplied to a limited number of cities. It may be that you will need to buy a container of gas and plumb it into your cooker instead. You will find numerous companies available to do this; most will come to your door and set up the gas for you.

In cities where natural gas is supplied, central heating is common. Others may use communal or electric heating; some houses may have central heating using diesel but this tends to be very expensive and not widely used.  Resort areas may use solar energy and boiling systems to heat the house in winter.

Water is supplied by the municipalities and is charged on the basis of the amount of water you use. Most people do not drink the tap water in Turkey, but opt for bottled instead. The water is perfectly fine for washing, cleaning and other household duties.

Utilities are billed monthly, quarterly or semi-annually depending on the supplier’s choice.

It is recommended that you sign up to the utility companies in your own name as soon as you take over ownership of your house. It should all be done in a day. If you rent the property out, the tenant should register with the utility companies in their name and you would be wise to check this.

The total cost of electricity, natural gas, telephone and your water bills will probably range between £50 and £200 a month, depending on your consumption.

You can pay direct, set up direct debits via your bank or use a management company to do this for you.

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