I have just booked a month in Istanbul.
This morning I have been informed that all airbnb hosts in Istanbul need to have a Tourism Operation License, everyone in the building must be told and agree, and a declaration needs to be made to the tax office.
If this has not been done, the police can arrive, take guest passports and make the guest leave the property within 10 minutes.
I have examples of this happening to guests, and they claim they did not receive any support from airbnb. I have personally had this problem in Singapore and do not wish to repeat it again. I have stayed in many places where it is not allowed, but the host never says until after I arrive, when it is too late, and they tell me to say I am a friend coming to visit. It's an uncomfortable situation.
Can anyone confirm the law in Istanbul?
Does the host need to have a Tourism Operation License?
Do they need to be registered with the tax office?
Do all the people in the building need to know?
Has anyone had this happen to them?
What does airbnb say about this, and why is this information not given on the host's page?