Istanbul, Turkey: The latest on rideshares and getting around

    Feb 25, 2020 @ 06:15 AM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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    Western rideshare apps have struggled in Turkey. Protests by taxi drivers and government opposition have left these ridesharing companies in a state of uncertainty over the last year. On my recent trip to Ankara and Istanbul, I experienced this firsthand. In Ankara, I tried to use a popular local rideshare app but gave up because it was only available in Turkish despite claims that they support English-speaking users. Apart from the local rideshare app, there was no other rideshare presence in Ankara, and I was entirely reliant on local taxis.

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    Currency and Economic Volatility: The impact on Turkey's rental market

    Jan 23, 2019 @ 08:58 AM / by Philli Wong

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    Rents in Turkey decreased due to lower demand, the depreciation of the lira, and the economic conditions that resulted from recent government policies and security concerns. A recent change in lease laws required that all contracts be signed and paid in Turkish lira (TRY) instead of USD or EUR.

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    TRYing to Understand Turkey's Expatriate Lease Laws?

    Dec 14, 2018 @ 01:58 PM / by Gerald Abbey

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    For many years, the expatriate rental market in Turkey has been dominated by leases signed and paid in USD or EUR. In September of this year, President Erdogan issued a decree stating that all leases in foreign currency must be converted to Turkish lira (TRY). This move was made to stem the sharp inflation that battered Turkey’s currency in 2018, resulting in a loss of over half its value at its worst point.

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    ALERT: Turkish Lira Crisis

    Aug 15, 2018 @ 04:01 PM / by Meleah Paull

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    The Turkish lira has had a volatile year and an especially tumultuous past week. In July, the Central Bank of Turkey alarmed investors by keeping interest rates steady even as CPI annual inflation rose to double digits.

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    Expatriate Housing and Security in Istanbul, Turkey

    Feb 17, 2017 @ 08:09 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

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    Today, many expatriates from Western Europe and North America have stopped coming to Istanbul and to Turkey overall.

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