Tat Towers built by late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı with great endeavor and patience, solely by his own resources have been kept idle for years due to some of the heirs’ inconsistent attitudes making things difficult during the ongoing inheritance lawsuits. Another problem is that the court of probate could not take a positive step until now for putting Tat Towers into service resulting in loss of a great tax revenue (at least 10 million dollars per annum) for the government as it stands.
In order that necessary precautions shall be taken petitions were submitted to The Municipality of Istanbul about the fact that Tat Towers are said to have earthquake risk, but no steps have been taken concerning this and to ISPARK who uses the area in front of the buildings as parking lot.
TAT TOWERS HAS BEEN LEFT TO DECAY REMAINING IDLE FOR 7 YEARS
Construction of Tat Towers was completed in 2007. Within the past 9 years, the twin towers which are located at the most central area of Istanbul and by main arterial roads continue to be kept idle.
The late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı who had constructed these twin towers without getting any bank loans solely by his own resources, passed on into eternal life five years ago, on February 22nd, 2009.
MEHMET SALIH TATLICI’S TESTAMENT AND HIS “DUTIFUL” CHILDREN OBJECTING TO IT
After Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s demise his official testament that he prepared years ago (in 1994) was opened and read by the court. The late businessman had clearly explained in his testament how his inheritance should be shared.
However, the late businessman’s children born of his first marriage, Mehmet Tatlici, Ahmet Tatlıcı and his grandchildren (late businessman’s other son Ali Tatlıcı’s children) Salih Ziya and Bedriye Kamer Tatlıcı did not like portion of inheritance in the official testament prepared by the decedent years ago (though their share is said to add up to millions of dollars) and they filed lawsuits for the cancellation of the testament and evaluation of the inheritance.
HOW “DUTIFUL” CHILDREN RAISE DIFFICULTIES?
These lawsuits have been continuing for years and cannot be concluded because complainants lengthen and lengthen the proceedings by raising difficulties of all kind.
As for the income and expense management of several real estates (also including Tat Towers) left behind the late businessman, they are managed by Istanbul 2nd Civil Court of Peace which evaluates the inheritance and two estate administrators appointed by the court (these are lawyer Ibrahim Bülbül and accountant Kadir Özgen).
The inconsistent attitudes presented by the late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s children born of his first marriage and their legal heirs during the inheritance suits filed by them and the difficulties they raise so as to avoid any solution-oriented decision by the court plays the biggest role in Tat Towers’s being left to decay remaining idle in this manner.
TAT TOWERS MAY BRING AT LEAST 10 MILLION DOLLARS OF TAX INCOME FOR THE GOVERNMENT ANNUALLY
It is sad that the late businessman “lays in his grave in debt” due to all these developments in spite of the great inheritance he left behind because of his children born of his first marriage. Because Tat Towers constitutes a high expense for the decedent’s inheritance in their present state. The government has more than 10.000.000 dollars worth of tax loss annually from these buildings which would generate at least 30.000.000 dollar worth income per annum if they were rented.
TAT TOWERS ARE KEPT IDLE, INHERITANCE DEBT REACHES 6.000.000 LIRAS
That being the case, as a result of their being kept idle, Tat Towers continue to be a great charge within the inheritance expenses which has reached 6 million liras (6.000.000 TL) by February, 2014. In fact, even the rent income of Tat Towers per two months would be enough to pay all debts of the inheritance.
WHY TAT TOWERS ARE LEFT TO DECAY IN COLD BLOOD?
As we have also mentioned above, the main reason for Tat Towers to be kept idle is the contradictory and inconsistent statements given by the late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s children born of his first marriage with his aunt’s daughter; Mehmet Tatlıcı, Ahmet Tatlıcı and his grandson Salih Ziya Tatlıcı (Titiz) so as to lengthen the proceedings as much as possible.
Within the former articles at Tatlıcı Truths, we have submitted to the knowledge of our readers and the public the contradictory and inconsistent explanations in Mehmet Tatlıcı, Ahmet Tatlıcı ve Salih Ziya Tatlıcı’s declarations submitted to the court records by their own attorneys. (See. “Mehmet Tatlıcı Oyununu Nasıl Oynuyor?” article)
CONTRADICTORY AND INCONSISTENT DECLARATIONS TO THE COURT
Before we pass on to some important issues that we will dwell on, we would like to present a few significant proof to our readers in order to draw attention to same contradictory and inconsistent declarations:
At 83rd session of late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s inheritance case pended at Istanbul 2nd Civil Court of Peace dated February 20th, 2014 Ahmet Tatlıcı and Salih Ziya Tatlıcı’s representatives, the attorneys Engin Baltacı and Haluk Burcuoğlu stated, “we have not been able to reach an exact information about whether Tat Towers are unlicensed or not until now”.
However, the same attorneys have stated about Tat Towers that: “The issue cannot be carried on to the news, as we have repeated many times in our written and verbal statements before it is an unlicensed construction without any habitation permit having a controversial legal status.” in the written declaration dated March 4th, 2011 they submitted to Sarıyer 1st Civil Court of Peace, previous pending place of the case.
The same attorneys representing Ahmet Tatlıcı and Salih Ziya Tatlıcı for the case also demanded that taking into consideration the reasons they have presented to the court “renting by the court should not be allowed” in their written statements within the same declaration.
WHILE ADDRESSING TAT TOWERS AS “UNLICENSED CONSTRUCTION” IN 2011, THEY THEN SAID “WE ARE NOT SURE IF THEY ARE UNLICENSED OR NOT“
Shortly, as we have explained above, concerning Tat Towers which they openly and clearly addressed as ‘‘unlicensed construction’’ within their written declaration bearing their own signatures which was registered to court records in the month of March of the year 2011, the same attorneys now state that “we have not been able to reach an exact information about whether buildings are unlicensed building or not” at the session dated February 20th, 2014 of Istanbul 2nd Civil Court of Peace where case is pended…
THEY CLAIM THAT TAT TOWERS ARE NOT EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT, BUT THEY DO NOT WANT ANY INSPECTION TO BE DONE FOR THAT PURPOSE!
Although Mehmet Tatlici’s attorneys state that Tat Towers have no safety against earthquake in their written and verbal declarations submitted to the court at almost all the trials, they also object the earthquake resistance inspections to be made…
To illustrate, during the 82nd session of Istanbul 2nd Civil Court of Peace dated November 5th, 2013, the attorney Eylem Kılıç who represents Mehmet Tatlici took the floor and stated, “we do not consent to the demands regarding Tat Towers’ being rented and performance of earthquake inspections”.
ALL THE FACTS ARE PRESENT WITHIN COURT RECORDS WITH THEIR PROOFS
All these contradictory and inconsistent explanations are present within the court records exactly as mentioned here authentically.
As is seen, Mehmet Tatlici, Ahmet Tatlıcı and Salih Ziya Tatlıcı do everything in their power so as to lengthen the proceedings as much as possible by the contradictory and inconsistent statements presented by their attorneys to the court of probate where the case is pended.
Besides this, although inheritance expenses have continuously been increasing and inheritance debt has reached 6 million liras, as it was also presented by the proofs registered to court records which we illustrated above, Tat Towers which can provide the total amount of inheritance debts by its rent income for two months are deliberately and intentionally tried to be kept idle by Mehmet Tatlici, Ahmet Tatlıcı and Salih Ziya Tatlıcı.
THEY ALSO SAID “NO” TO 1 MILLION DOLLARS OF ADVERTISEMENT INCOME PER YEAR.
The same inheritors also object to use of Tat Towers for advertisement purpose and demand that advertisement offers received with a value of one million dollars per year (1.000.000 American Dollars per year) shall be rejected by the court:
To illustrate, during the 83rd session of the court dated February 20th, 2014 Mehmet Tatlici’s attorney Eylem Kılıç stated that “They do not consent to the rental of inner and outer walls of Tat Towers” through the petition they have submitted. (For detailed information about this please see. “Tat Towers’a 1.000.000 TL’lik Reklam Teklifi” article)
WHY MEHMET, AHMET AND SALIH ZIYA TATLICI (TITIZ) DO ALL THESE THINGS?
It would be hard for our readers who are visiting our web site for the first time and reading this article to understand all these things done by the late businessman’s children born of his first marriage and their heirs which are well-known truths for our readers following our news closely.
But, Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s children born of his first marriage with his aunt’s daughter have a significant reason to play ‘‘this game’’ in this way even at the expense of contradicting themselves:
According to the provisions ordered by late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı in his testament, his wife Nurten Tatlıcı and son Uğur Tatlıcı have the right to say, “We will not give you anything apart from your reserved portion from all the inheritance estates including Tat Towers” to the other heirs concerning the portion of Tat Towers and other properties inherited.
THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS WITH THE MENTALITY OF “IF I CAN’T HAVE IT, NO ONE SHALL HAVE IT”
Mehmet Tatlici and other heirs who are well aware of this fact, have been trying to keep Tat Towers idle all the time with the mentality of ‘‘if I can’t have it, no one shall have it’’; on one hand they say Tat Towers are not earthquake resistant and on the other hand object earthquake resistance inspections; they also object the demand that ‘‘Tat Towers shall be demolished if they are not earthquake resistant’’ and they actually do anything in their power so as to have Tat Towers left to decay.
THE DECEDENT’S SECOND WIFE AND HIS SON UGUR TATLICI’S SORROW
After all these, late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s second wife who stood by him in sickness and health and had been his life partner for 43 years devoting herself to him with a great love and respect, Nurten Tatlıcı and his son born of this marriage, Uğur Tatlıcı applied to all the relevant institutions and demanded that earthquake resistance inspections shall be done for Tat Towers and in case it is detected that they are not earthquake resistant, the necessary precautions shall quickly be taken including the demolition of these buildings in order to put an end to that disrespect to the decedent’s memory and Tat Towers, the work he left behind.
UGUR TATLICI: “TAT TOWERS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BE DEMOLISHED IF NOT EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT!”
For that purpose, Uğur Tatlıcı and Nurten Tatlıcı applied to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation along with the court of probate in order that the inspections shall be done to determine whether Tat Towers bear earthquake risk or not. (See. “Mahkemeye “If Tat Towers Are Risk-bearing, Demolish Them Immediately!” the Court”and “Petition to Municipality ‘Take Precautions for Tat Towers!” articles)
Moreover, Uğur Tatlıcı who also put a formal notice on Sabah Daily on September 22nd, 2013, calling the authorities for duty, demanded from all the relevant public institutions that ‘‘inspections shall be done to detect whether Tat Towers are earthquake resistant or not and in case these claims are scientifically proven true, the necessary steps shall immediately be taken including the demolition of these buildings’’. (See. Uğur Tatlıcı: “Depreme Dayanıksızsa Derhal Yıkılmalıdır!” article)
However, Mehmet Tatlıcı, Ahmet Tatlıcı and Salih Ziya Tatlıcı also reject Uğur Tatlıcı’s demand “Tat Towers shall immediately be demolished if they are not earthquake resistant” and court of probate does not take the necessary steps concerning this matter, and finally the 10 million dollar worth tax income government would gain from them continues to go up in smoke instead of public treasury…
DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF PROBATE DO NOT BRING ANY SOLUTION TO THE MATTER
As is seen, Tat Towers continues to be a factor increasing inheritance expenses and spoiling the balance of income and expenses. They cannot be rented as it is said they are not earthquake resistant; the demand for their demolition in case they are not earthquake resistant is not fulfilled; Tat Towers come for nothing in this idle state and continuously create debts, on the other hand the government also cannot make use of a significant income which would be received from them…
WARNINGS TO METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY AND ISPARK “TAKE PRECAUTIONS FOR TAT TOWERS”
As a result of not being able to receive any positive answer either from the court of probate or from other heirs regarding the solutions offered for Tat Towers’ being kept idle or the demand of their demolition in case of carrying earthquake risks, the late businessman’s wife Nurten Tatlıcı whom he left behind and his son Uğur Tatlıcı applied to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and car-park management company of the Municipality, ISPARK demanding that the necessary precautions shall immediately be taken for Tat Towers and their surrounding which is said to bear risks for earthquake.
Uğur Tatlıcı, in his explanation to Tatlıcı Truths stated that “We will not accept any responsibility because of the great losses of life and property that would occur in case of a possible earthquake if the necessary precautions are not taken.”
MUNICIPALITY AND ISPARK SHOULD CLEAR THE AREA AROUND TAT TOWERS FROM PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC
By the application letters they have given to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Transportation Coordination Directorate and ISPARK (İstanbul Otopark İşletmeleri Tic. A.Ş./Istanbul Car-parks Operation) through their attorneys on February 21st, 2014 Uğur ve Nurten Tatlıcı demanded that “Due to the claims that Tat Towers and their surrounding carry disaster risk, precautions such as ceasing to use these areas as car park and clearing the roads surrounding the buildings from pedestrian traffic shall be taken”.
SECURITY STAFF WITHDRAWN, SECURITY POINT ABOLISHED
In the applications presented to the Municipality and Ispark it was also stated that “A decision was made that no security staff will be present at Tat Towers until it will be revealed that the building do not carry any risks”.
For that purpose, the security point at the entry of Tat Towers buildings was moved away and it was stated that it will not be possible to let security staff work here in order to provide the life safety of the staff in charge.
Now we keep wondering what kind of precautions will be taken by İstanbul Municipality and Ispark against all these developments.
We present attached for the information of our readers the application letters submitted to İstanbul Municipality and Ispark, records of the trials and photographs showing the procedure of moving away the security point in front of Tat Towers.
We will keep on sharing the developments with our readers…