Slumlords in California are gearing up to battle rent control initiative that has qualified for the November ballot.
The initiative would make it possible for cities and counties to approve strong rent control laws.
The initiative is a direct result of the failure of local and state lawmakers to address a widening housing crisis that has pushed many into homelessness and others out of the state.
Meanwhile, slumlords have gotten rich, really really rich. And rats across the state have flourished.
The initiative in necessary because a 1995 state law known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act has forced tenants rights activists hand.
Legislators passed the law to protect slumlords by making in nearly impossible for rent control measures to be put in place at the local level.
The law did not restrict cities that already had rent control measures in place. However only a handful of communities across the state had such measures in place before the law was passed.
The initiative would lift all restrictions on rent control in the state.