The annual running costs of property in Turkey are relatively lower than western countries. This explains why it is a popular choice for expats. The below are approximate amounts only and will differ slightly according to the type of property and where it is. All the prices are in Turkish lira.
Electricity: For a two-bedroom apartment, monthly electricity bills vary from 60 to 200 lira per month. The primary contributing factor for high electricity bills is air conditioning units that consume a lot of power. For this reason, some people lower their electric bill by installing stand up fans or ceiling fans.
Gas: Generally, gas is only used in Turkey for the oven. Rather than being connected through pipes, it is sold in large bottles of which the current price is approximately 104 Turkish Lira. Depending on how much you use your oven, a gas bottle will last an average of 3 to 5 months.
Water: Costs vary from averaging roughly 1 Turkish lira per cubic meter. A small family should factor in approximately 60 lira a month for water.
Internet: For permanent all year round living, the Internet will cost about 60 lira a month. If you are using your property only as a holiday home, you can rent dongles.
Council Tax: The charge for your council tax varies depending on the number of people on the tapu (title deeds) and the price of your property. An average 2-bedroom apartment can expect to pay roughly 250 lira a year in Didim.
Rubbish Tax: This is a one-off annual tax collected with the council tax and is around 100 lira a year in Didim.
DASK Insurance: This earthquake insurance is compulsory by law. The cost varies between companies who use the square meterage of your apartment to calculate it. A 90-square meter apartment is roughly 150 lira a year.
Service Charges For Complexes: If you purchase an apartment in a complex, a monthly maintenance fee is required. This fee goes towards costs such as communal electricity, water, swimming pool maintenance and any other communal facilities as agreed by the official management committee. They vary from complex to complex from 600 to 3000 Turkish Lira a year.