Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN)

TURN ADVOCATES FOR HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT

TURN believes that tenants have a legal right to a safe and decent place to live.

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Tenant Organizing & Advocacy

50 Years Of Serving the Community

Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN) is a tenant service and advocacy organization that promotes the human right to housing.

Our goal is to guarantee to all Philadelphians equal access to safe, decent, accessible, and affordable housing. We accomplish this goal by developing and implementing a common agenda – involving TURN leadership, staff and membership, and community allies.

We offer Tenant Rights Workshops, Individual Counseling, Hotline Assistance (267) 443 – 2500 option #3, and Tenant Union Organizing Assistance.

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Services

Housing Inspection

TURN provides affordable inspections for landlords and discount inspections for tenants. Landlord may pay for the results inspections requested by their tenants.

Landlord-Tenant Webinar

TURN conducts webinars in-person and via Zoom’s video-conferencing explaining a variety of landlord-tenant issues.


Landlord/Property Background Check

TURN is extending an offer to provide you with objective information about your landlord and/or property for a nominal fee.

Eviction Defense Clinic

The Eviction Defense Clinic aims to prepare tenants for their upcoming court hearing. The clinic goes over the court process in detail, along with defenses tenants may have.

Repair Clinic

The Repair Clinic aims to educate tenants about their rights when dealing with repair issues. The clinic goes over the tenants’ rights around repairs and follow up steps if needed.

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Tenant advocacy aims to empower the tenant

Tenant advocacy strives to empower renters. Advocates work towards ensuring that individuals, especially those who are most vulnerable in our community, can:

Given the intricacies of tenancy, tenants naturally rely on the guidance of those with more experience in tenancy-related issues.

Renter Housing Inspections

TURN offers low-cost housing quality inspection reports and testing for lead paint hazards to current and prospective renters.

Tenant Rights Classes

TURN provides free workshops and classes that educate tenants about their legal rights
and responsibilities.

Your Legal Rights Are Just A Starting Point

TURN seeks not only to help tenants understand their rights; we also partner with the community to advocate for a legal system that values housing as a human right. This is done through the work of our union The “Network” which is made up of people who believe in economic human rights. People who want a change. TURN Network members let others know what is going on and how to get involved to help make that change.
The Network is a Union. Not a labor union but a union of people from ALL AROUND THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA who are living in rented housing.

We invite you to join TURN and unite your voice with the many others who want to improve housing conditions by promoting housing as a human right.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN) is a tenant service and advocacy organization that promotes the human right to housing. Our goal is to guarantee to all Philadelphians equal access to safe, decent, accessible, and affordable housing.

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Call the Philly Tenant Hotline at (267) 443-2500. The hotline is staffed by Tenant Union Representative Network. Interpretation services are available. If you don’t have access to a phone, you can visit Community Legal Services (CLS) to be screened for services.

Call the Philly Tenant Hotline at (267) 443-2500. The hotline is staffed by Tenant Union Representative Network. Interpretation services are available. If you don’t have access to a phone, you can visit Community Legal Services (CLS) to be screened for services.

 
 
No. Many Pennsylvania courts have said your landlord cannot evict you by self-help, meaning such things as padlocking your door, shutting off your utilities, using force to evict you, or using any eviction method other than going to court.

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