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”.

While tenants can often use their rights to get repairs made or to stop an illegal rent increase or eviction, existing laws do not completely meet the needs of tenants.  Many of the existing laws, such as housing codes, are not adequately enforced.  For these reasons we encourage tenants to think of their legal rights as a starting place not a resting place. One of the best ways to exercise your right is to  join TURN’s “Network”.

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.

The “Network” 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.

TURN “Network” members support each other in improving the quality of their housing, improving the fairness in the relationships with their landlords, and overall improving the situation of tenants in the City by:

Negotiating with landlords

Meeting with government officials

Participating in public protests

And Educating others about tenant rights