Who We Are

Who We Are

The Philadelphia Tenants Union was founded in 2016 and is a tenant-led organization dedicated to winning safe, decent, and affordable housing for every renter in Philly. Philadelphia is currently experiencing a housing crisis, where a fifth of the city's affordable housing has been lost between 2000-2014, eviction rates are as high as 15% in certain sections of the city, and landlords hold more power than ever in the courts and in the lobbying room. The PTU is committed to fighting against this through grassroots direct action and campaigning for laws such as Just Cause that would protect vulnerable tenants from unfair evictions. We believe that unless tenants across the city band together to fight for their rights, landlords will only keep getting stronger, housing prices will continue to rise, and people will continue to be displaced from their neighborhoods.

What We Do

Direct Action

The PTU is dedicated to organizing tenants to fight against landlords like Iron Stone who fail to keep buildings in order, withhold deposits, and threaten eviction for no reason. Demanding meetings, protesting, and publicly shaming uncooperative landlords are some of the tactics we use to fight for justice.

Legal Reform

Without more laws to protect tenants, fighting individual landlords won't stop the larger pattern of gentrification across the city. In addition to having a committed base of tenants, laws like Just Cause and rent control are needed. They won't get rid of landlords, but they'll provide crucial protection to keep tenants ready and willing to fight.

We need all the help we can get to empower tenants and stop gentrification. If you support tenant rights, get involved. There's lots to do.