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Nevada is the only state with a summary eviction system, meaning it is up to a renter to initiate a court challenge if a landlord decides to evict them. This system, along with rising rent prices, has made Nevada a "profit opportunity" for corporate housing investment.

Nia Johnson, political and policy coordinator for the group Liberation in a Generation, called them "pandemic profiteers," and said they are able to reap some benefits from the economic impacts of the public health emergency.

Johnson said Nevada lawmakers should be ready and willing to stand up this year against what her group sees as one of the most predatory eviction systems in the country.

"We see these big corporations, we see landlords of all sizes, mimicking that behavior of wanting to extract wealth from the community of tenants, from renters that are simply trying to survive," she said.

In 2021, legislation sealed records of summary evictions for nonpayment of rent during the pandemic. Another bill would have ended the summary eviction process, but it did not pass. Both received pushback from landlords. Lawmakers did approve an interim study on summary evictions - which Johnson said is a step in the right direction, but not enough to move forward.

Ben Iness, coalition coordinator with the Nevada Housing Justice Alliance said the pandemic exacerbated housing inequities and power dynamics, and believes lawmakers should level the playing field between tenants and landlords.

He called it short-sighted for the state to value the stability and needs of those who can invest in housing versus those who rent.

"I think step by step, we'd love to kind of reclaim and change the narrative around housing," Iness said, "so that it is not this 'investment,' this 'commodity' - it's something that is a basic, fundamental human right."

Iness said one of the concerns about summary evictions is that a landlord can issue an eviction notice without court oversight, which then makes it difficult for a renter to navigate the legal steps. If they are not met in seven days, a landlord can remove tenants from the property within 24 hours.

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