LifeMoves Mountain View interim housing community resident Adine Abeyta hugs Gov. Gavin Newsom at the housing site in Mountain View, Calif. on June 25, 2021 after sharing her story, with him, about almost falling into homelessness. (Jana Kadah/Bay CIty News)

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $5.2 billion bill Monday to extend through Sept. 30 the state’s moratorium shielding renters from eviction.

AB 832 will increase cash assistance to low-income tenants and small landlords, according to a news release from the governor’s office, which called it the largest COVID rental protection of any state.

The governor and legislature announced Friday that they had reached agreement on the legislation signed Monday.

The bill increases the value of the reimbursement the state’s emergency rental assistance program provides to now cover 100 percent of past-due and prospective rent payments, as well as utility bills for income-qualified tenants.

The statement also noted that the bill allows tenants to access rental funds directly if their landlord chooses not to participate and ensures landlords can receive compensation even if their income-qualified tenants have already vacated a residence.