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renting in Istanbul and Earthquake Concerns

remember
Istanbul is in the earthquake zone.

before renting a flat, ask if the building was built after Protected content that the new earthquake building standards were set)

beware that Protected content are much higher than standards buildings built before Protected content to obey... buildings built before Protected content not meet the new standards.

here is a couple steps you can follow:

1. ask if the building was built before Protected content option)
if yes, ask to see a copy of "inşaat ruhsatı" - construction licence

2. ask if the building was earthquake-reinforced (second best option)
if yes, ask for a copy of the reinforcement project approved by the local municipiality

3. ask if the building has a report written by a technical university that states the building is safe from a potential earthquake (the best option is the report will say: "building will be damaged but will not collapse"

Ali Soyer
Urbanist Construction and Real Estate Development

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