All photography provided by Jared Chambers

36 Latino families were evicted from the Colonial, Balboa, and Cortez apartment buildings in the summer of 1998. A year later, by a surge of action a coalition of students formed the Isla Vista Tenants Union.

Our Mission

The Isla Vista Tenants Union (IVTU) is an organization serving the interests of Isla Vista tenants. We recognize the diversity of our community, and we strive to meet the different needs of our members while uniting our common interests as tenants. We educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities, and we act as a resource when problems occur. We believe people should live without the suffering that arises from discrimination, retaliation, or neglect. We reach out to property managers, the University, elected officials, local groups and individuals to realize our vision and address pressing tenant issues. In providing a service to the tenants of Isla Vista, we also hope to build a united, educated, and proactive community.


Recent Accomplishments

  • Named Organization of the year for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years at University California Santa Barbara.
  • Established the Gaucho Food Program to fight hunger and advocate for healthier diets in Isla Vista.
  • Financially contributed to the renovation of the Pardall Center as a study center for Isla Vista residents. 
  • Assisted displaced students from the balcony collapse at 6653 Del Playa with emergency funding and resources 
  • Helped the tenants evicted from 781 Embarcadero Del Norte win compensation after a mass eviction.
  • Promoted localization of Deltopia through boycott of Fuzion Glass Gallery.
  • Became Green Bill Certified; we are an energy efficient and strongly support sustainability of student organizations. 
  • Helped tenants evicted from 6764/54 Abrego in receiving relocation benefits from an unjust eviction.