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Notsoboredhw


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Message Posted:
26/07/2007 19:13

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How do you pay for electricity bills if you dont have someone managing your property in TRNC?



ttoli


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26/07/2007 21:21

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Open a local bank account and set up a direct debit or pay for however many months that you're going to be away in advance(allow for approx 80 YTL per month),do allow enough funds though, miss a months payment and you'll be disconnected, re connection costs 30 YTL.



Notsoboredhw


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26/07/2007 23:54

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Thanks ttoli - I was told you could only set up dd or standing order for water and not electricity?? Also apartment will probably be empty for months??



millzer


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27/07/2007 01:02

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There are monthly standing charges Nicky, irrespective of usage. Not a lot though.



Notsoboredhw


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27/07/2007 01:10

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So I wont necessarily have to use a management company just so as to pay my bills. The problem I am worrying about is that our management company want 45 per month to look at your apartment once a month and clean it once a month (regardless of whether you are there are not) and pay your bills plus a couple of other things but nothing major and it was really the electricity I was concerned about as someone said to me you can only pay water on standing order and not electricity. I dont want to pay someone 45 per month to hold my key and pay one bill - seems a bit excessive so I thought I would find out whether there was a way round it - so thanks guys for your responses.



ttoli


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27/07/2007 13:11

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BHW, the standing charge at the moment is 6 YTL, On the subject of management companies, they are handy if there is a problem with the apartment(flooding etc), but be careful of the contract, many here state that you must inform them of when you are arriving, they then forget about your property until a few days before your arrival. are any of your neighbours living there full time?, could they help out?



Notsoboredhw


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27/07/2007 14:52

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So you only pay 6ytl per month to keep the account open - is that how it works?? Sorry my little peanut brain isnt working that well in the school holidays!!! We will only be going over about 3 times a year for say a week or two weeks at a time and then family and friends might use it.



HarryHornet



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Message Posted:
27/07/2007 15:20

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I use a management co to look after my apartment they make 2 visits per

month and keep a log of their visits.They arrange payment of bills when we are not there i am sure they could be of assistance to you.



The-Wicks


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27/07/2007 17:11

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Boredhousewife you can always pay electricty in advance ie when you go to pay next bill pay well over the top and they deduct as you go

P & J



Notsoboredhw


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27/07/2007 20:45

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The-Wicks - thats a good idea might do that instead. I am very reluctant to pay the management fee of 45 on top if 40 monthly maintenance fee = 85 a month for someone to look after your key, have a look at your apartment and pay your bill especially as we are not sure if we will be renting it out yet. All I want is maybe for someone to hold our key and pay our electricity bill but if I can pay over the odds then that might be better. I guess though the only other problem would be if anything was wrong with the apartment I would have nobody to call upon to sort it if we did have someone staying in it. The contract with our management company is for a year too and who is to say they will actually do what they say they will do!!! Its a difficult situation on knowing what to do best really.



angelina


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Message Posted:
25/08/2007 15:00

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Why not just ask for a volunteer living near your property to keep an eye for a friendly fee?



kcboro


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Message Posted:
08/12/2007 22:12

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we just came back to england today after being into kyrenia 3 times to pay a bill for 11 ytl for electricity, but on every occasion, we managed to catch them when they were either closed, or would not accept payment because they were about to close, so we ran out of days and came home.

Are we likely to be cut off, and if so, is there anything we can do from the uk to fix the problem before it happens??



lovingcyprus


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09/12/2007 00:27

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kcboro



Get someone you know in the TRNC to go and pay some money to the Electricity company, presumably you know your account details.



dy1259


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Message Posted:
09/12/2007 03:12

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Bump it up.



Barrovian1



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Message Posted:
09/12/2007 04:27

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BHW



Once the account has been activated you can pay at the Electricity company for the forthcoming bill. we took possession of our apartment at the TBV in October, paid for our meter, after 2 weeks we went down and paid YTL 50. We are back on the 28/12 for 2 weeks. Hopefully we will not be switched off. We will take a torch just in case, as we will not get to the TBV until midnight.



Bob & Anne.



pilgrim



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Message Posted:
09/12/2007 13:07

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I use a east coast management company although set up by New Villas they will look after any property in the area. Inspection Visits are free, cleaning only charged when done at clients request, plus the fact as excellent builders they can undertake any repairs or maintenance competently. Mehmet ( british turkish cypriot)who runs the business trustworthy friendly worth a call. 0090542855666



ukturk



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Message Posted:
09/12/2007 14:18

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guys

instead of all the hassle of hiring property management companies or paying more money at the electric place just set up direct debit from your account to pay for your electric bills then you dont have to worry about being cut off

also i heard that vakif bank, turk bankasi and iltisat bank have or starting to accept direct debits for your water bills aswell so try these banks out aswell

take care reagrds to all

ukturk



kcboro


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Message Posted:
09/12/2007 20:49

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ukturk,



probably a silly question, but are there any turk banks in the uk that we can open an account at or could we even do it online



thanks



ukturk



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09/12/2007 21:17

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hi there kcboro

its not a silly question of course there is, its called turk bankasi (turkish bank ltd) they have brances in turkey north cyprus and the u.k but all in london

i have included a link to their website below you cant open a account online but you can by post, i dont know if you know you can open a north cyprus hsbc account while you are in the u.k but you do have to have a account with hsbc u.k i hope this all helps

http://www.turkishbank.co.uk/

and hsbc

http://www.hsbc.co.uk/1/2/personal/travel-international/leaving-the-uk;jsessionid=0000fz87g41VG9PsXEPOjM9iKl0:11j74l29q



if you have good relation with you branch in the u.k they wont charge you to open a account if they do just contact head of international banking in london canary wharf

regards

ukturk



kcboro


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Message Posted:
09/12/2007 22:33

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thats a great help, thanks will look into it asap.

dont want to get cut off when it took us so long in the first place to get connected!!



Barrovian1



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Message Posted:
10/12/2007 08:48

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When we arrive back at NC on the 29th of December, this is a Saturday. In case we have had the plug pulled on us, can anybody tell me if the Electric company is open on a Saturday, to pay and get the Electric back on?.



Cheers

Bob.



ukturk



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Message Posted:
10/12/2007 11:51

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hi bob

unless im mistaken to pay bills on a saturday the electric offices are closed so lets hope you have not been cut off

like i mentioned earlier you can open a bank account with the turkish bank just to pay your electric bills and water and you can actually go in to the braches they have in london and deposit lira in to the account that pays your direct debit bills, open the account in cyprus set up the direct debit mandate there, they have branches in central girne, karakum, karaoglanoglu, famagusta, lefkosa, guzelyurt aswell as uk branches but in london

http://www.turkishbank.co.uk/

hope this helps

regards

ukturk



Barrovian1



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Message Posted:
10/12/2007 11:58

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Thanks mate



I will do that this time when I am over. If I am switched off, will it be open on New Years Eve, the 31st to pay and get re-connected?



Cheers

Bob.



ukturk



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Message Posted:
10/12/2007 12:16

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no probs mate

they will be open new years eve but they will be closed for kurban bayram which is a religious holiday which is on the 20th-21st-22nd-23rd but will be open 24th-25th-26th

hope this helps ypu mate

regards

ukturk



Barrovian1



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Message Posted:
10/12/2007 15:43

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Good stuff ukturk



Let there be light.



Bob.



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