About Us

Isla Vista Tenants Union challenges and transforms unjust housing conditions and housing policies through empowerment-based education, leadership development, and grassroots community organizing. We believe that alliances and partnerships are vital to building a strong pro-tenant community, and we actively seek to engage groups that support tenants’ rights.

Empowerment-based Education

IVTU empowers renters by providing them with information about their tenants’ rights, responsibilities, and resources. Our office provides individual counseling aimed at providing the tenant with constructive knowledge and skills to ensure successful tenancies and help in the resolution of tenant-landlord conflict. We also sponsor educational programs designed to inform the community of tenants’ rights and address local tenancy issues of concern.

Our educational and individual counseling services our available to everyone in the Isla Vista community–from students attending the University of California at Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College to long-term residents.

Grassroots Community Organizing

Our work is grounded in a strong conviction that those facing housing problems must be the leaders of efforts to transform housing conditions and neighborhoods. We encourage students and permanent residents to work together to create a better community and to mobilize for desired community changes.

Community Alliances & Partnerships

IVTU realizes that in order to have a lasting impact within the community, we need to forge alliances and partnerships with other organizations that support tenant education and empowerment. We also collaborate with neighborhood-building organizations and networks to foster a stronger sense of a united community.

Below is a list of some of our partners:

Tenant Education and Resources

  • Associated Students Legal Resource Center (ASLRC)
  • Community Housing Office (CHO)
  • Legal Resource Center of Santa Barbara County (LRC)
  • Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative (SBSHC)

Tenants’ Rights Advocacy

  • The Fund for Santa Barbara
  • P.U.E.B.L.O.
  • Strategic Actions for a Just Economy

Community Network

  • Chilla Vista
  • Isla Vista Community Relations Committee
  • Isla Vista Project Area Committee
  • Isla Vista Youth & Family Network
  • UCSB Associated Students