This is the status of senior tenants and long standing or disabled or ill tenants in cities that have Rent Control, like San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. The tenants, essentially have a "life estate" under rent control. This is what prompted Proposition 98 which will be on the ballot this year. Prop 98 says that these kind of rent control rules are "takings" - it takes the use and disposition of private property without the owner's consent. Please consider voting for it.