SACRAMENTO – Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement upon the joint announcement by the Senate President pro Tempore, Assembly Speaker, and Governor of an agreement to extend provisions of AB 3088 (Chiu/Bradford/Caballero/Limón; Statutes of 2020, Chapter 37) and to appropriate federal rental assistance funding:
“I strongly support the agreement announced today that will extend and expand protections for small landlords and tenants,” said Senator Bradford. “We are still in both an economic and a health crisis. This agreement protects tenants as well as small landlords by providing them with the monetary support and legal protections they need to survive. This framework, if properly implemented, will provide equitable and substantial relief to those struggling to stay afloat. But make no mistake, this extension is by no means an end to our response to this unprecedented crisis. We must continue working to protect the wellbeing of our constituents — including their access to housing, good-paying jobs, and assistance wherever needed.”
This agreement would extend the provisions of the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Protection Act of 2020 (AB 3088) to June 31, 2021. The protections contained in that legislation — jointly-authored by four Legislators, including Senator Bradford, after extensive engagement by the Legislature with the Governor and stakeholders — would otherwise expire on January 31, 2021. This agreement would also appropriate $2.6 billion in federal renter assistance funding to assist tenants with rent arrearages incurred due to COVID-19.