The measure was sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who helped draft the bill and said he would sign it. The legislation was approved in two-thirds votes of both houses of the state Legislature, which acted on the last day of this year’s session with previous protections expiring at midnight Tuesday.
“That is why we must act today to establish new protections to get us through the next few months to prevent a wave of mass evictions in the middle of a public health emergency with no clear end in sight,” said Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) on Monday during floor debate on AB 3088.
Renters will not be evicted through Jan. 31, 2021 as long as they pay at least 25% of their rent and file a declaration with their landlord attesting that they are suffering financial hardship because of the pandemic and its related business shutdowns, which have put millions of Californians out of work.