The Tapu

A TAPU is an official document which shows you have ownership rights over the real estate. The owner's full name and photograph, and detailed information on the asset appear on this document.

The TAPU has to be sealed with a stamp in the central part at the bottom and this section has to be signed by a TAPU officer.

The picture of all owners are to be suffixed to the top-right of the TAPU, it has to be sealed with a stamp and signed by the TAPU officer.

Whether a property does belong to a person can be checked through the pictures and names appearing on the TAPU. If the TAPU is a Xerox copy, then make sure it has been ratified by a notary public.

Otherwise, a fake TAPU might have been handed over to you. With regards to the names, you can ask for the ID card of the seller(s) and compare the TAPU to the ID card in terms of names.


It is very wise to check your Tapu to make sure you own what you think you own. Check before you buy and also check when you recieve your Tapu, If you are not entirely sure what everything means this may help:

Meaning of the terms on a TAPU
The meanings of the terms appearing on a TAPU are as follows:

Term : Meaning
Ana Gayrimenkulun : Description, location and cadastral coordinates of the main land
Ili : City
Ilçesi : Town
Mahallesi : District
Köyü : Village
Sokagi : Street
Mevkii : Area
Pafta No : Sheet number
Ada No : Plot/block number
Parsel No : Parcel number
Niteligi : Feature (whether it is a building land, vacant land, or cultivated land...)
Yüzölçümü : Area/size of the land (summation of the figures shown for the three pameters below should add up to the total size of the main land)
Kat Mülkiyeti : Ownership of the independent unit which is ready to use (flat, house, office etc built on the main land)
Kat İrtifakı : Ownership of the independent unit which is not ready for use yet (either because of an on-going development/construction work or due to the fact that usage permit from the municipality has not been gathered yet)
Devre Mülk : Fractional/timed ownership (the independent unit is owned just for a certain period of a year)
Bagimsiz Bölüm : Information about the Independent Unit (the property subject to the use such as a flat, house, etc) on the main land
Satis Bedeli : Actual purchase price of the property (Make sure that actual amount is written in this section. Otherwise, you may encounter very serious legal problems including being accused of money-laundering and/or be subject to severe financial penalties due to a tax evasion. Please do not forget the collect the documents to justify that you exactly paid this amount to the seller)
Arsa Payi : Land share (what proportion of the land belongs to the independent unit)
Blok No : Block (Building, Mansion, Lodge, Court, House) Number
Kat No : Floor Number
Bagimsiz Blm No : Independent Unit Number
Edinme Sebebi : The reason why the property is being acquired (From whom to whom the property has been sold and any other relevant explanation)
Sahibi : Name(s) of the current owner(s)
(More than one person can own the same property. In this case, their respective shares are to be shown in this section. The respective shares are illustrated in terms of the proportion of the main land.
For example, suppose that a flat which possess the ownership of 10/456 of the main land on which the complex is based and that the flat is to be owned by three person named AB, CD, and EF with shares of 20%, 30%, and 50%, respectively. Then, these names and their respective shares are shown on TAPU as follows:
AB: ab: 2/456 hisse,
CD: cd: 3/456 hisse,
EF: ef: 5/456 hisse,
where the word hisse means share and ab, cd, and ef are the names of fathers of those persons)