Turkey eyes Bosporus villas after ordering Bodrum properties demolished

Turkey’s government has turned its attention to luxury villas on the Bosporus in Istanbul after ordering the demolition of illegally constructed dwellings in the seaside town of Bodrum, Hürriyet newspaper reported.

Turkey is inspecting the properties along the famous waterway in central Istanbul as part of a wider investigation of city properties to assess whether the owners have abided by regulations and laws, Hürriyet said on Tuesday, citing a decision by the environment and urbanisation ministry.

Special inspection teams have been formed to conduct the research. Anyone found to have built illegal structures will be given a month to demolish them, otherwise government demolition teams will step in, the newspaper reported.

The operation follows the expiration of a government programme allowing property owners across Turkey to declare illegally-constructed buildings and to pay a fee to have them registered as habitable. The government has already ordered the demolition of scores of allegedly illegal properties in and around Bodrum, located in the southwest of the country.