The Turkish government is calling on property owners to provide shelter for victims of the earthquakes that hit the country almost two weeks ago. They can offer their vacant apartments and houses for free or at a low rent via a special website. The accommodations must be available for at least three months.
According to Vice President Fuat Oktay, local authorities must determine whether the accommodations offered and the rents requested are acceptable. Priority is given to the disabled, the elderly and the chronically ill when allocating the houses made available.
Oktay warns that people should not take advantage of earthquake victims by charging exorbitant rents. He says that strict action will be taken against this.
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