Lawyer in Turkey: Hidden Flaws

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hidden Flaws

'Madam Solicitor, we have been taken for a ride! We want our money back. We still want the builder to put right all the things he promised. The property we bought is not the property we were promised. We can't find many of the features mentioned in the brochure, the advert and on the builder's website. What can we do?'
Many disappointed buyers pass through my office. My first question is always, whether a notarial purchase agreement was signed. Usually this is not the case, as people find the notarial costs too high. And although it isn't compulsory under Turkish law to sign a purchase agreement through a notary, it is beneficial to do so, particularly in such situations as those mentioned above.
It is advisable to have a notarial purchase agreement when purchasing a property from a building firm or a contractor. In this case the purchaser is called 'consumer' as referred to in the Consumer Legislation and enjoys full protection underthe Law. Here follows in a nutshell an important part of the content.
According to Consumer Legislation a property is 'defective' if it doesn't fulfil one or more criteria or qualities promised by the contractor in, for example, the brochure and/or the advert. The brochure could for example mention that the property has a generator for the entire building, but at the time of delivery it's not there. The same is true for properties that are subject to legal, economic or technical failure. According to the law; the sold property has to comply with the purchaser's expectations raised by the seller.
If the purchaser finds faults, he is entitled to inform the seller in writing within 30 days after delivery, by way of a formal letter of notice. I would like to inform you that in Turkey a formal letter of notice or reminder has to be sent through a notary, as a copy of the content the letter has to be filed with the notary as evidence.
According to Consumer Legislation, the purchaser-consumer has various options. By cancelling the purchase agreement he can claim back the purchase amount, he can opt to have the faults repaired or to replace the property by another property. The purchaser also has the option to request a reduction in price pro rata the fault. And finally, for any damage incurred, reasonable damage compensation can be claimed.

The selling contractor has to respect the choice of the purchaser-consumer. In the event the selling party doesn't respect the request of the consumer-purchaser, the consumer-purchaser has the option to take the case to court or to file a complaint with the College of Consumer Rights. Almost every city has a College of Consumer Rights, which is often housed in the premises of the local Chamber of Commerce. The decision of the College concerning disputes is final for all parties.
In short; Make sure that you get proper advice before you purchase a property.
If you decide to purchase a new development, it is advisable to always have a notarial agreement with the contractor so that you will enjoy all the benefits offered by the Consumer Legislation.

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