What is a Housing Investigator?

Housing investigators, or Testers, are community members who undergo training and meet with housing providers to determine their housing practices.  Testers meet with a rental or sales agent and record the details of their interaction and the information provided on a report form.

Fair Housing Contact Service needs people from ALL backgrounds to be able to most effectively test for compliance with Fair Housing law!

Why become a Tester?

  • You are committed to and passionate about civil rights and believe all persons should have equal opportunity to housing of their choice
  • You want to help ensure that the Fair Housing laws are working.

Details about being a Housing Investigator

  • Position Requirements
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • At least 18 years old
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills
  • No felony convictions
  • Never convicted of fraud, perjury, violent crimes, or drug offenses
  • Not currently a Landlord, Property Manager, Realtor, or Housing Provider of any kind
  • Commitment to Civil Rights Advocacy
  • Testers are NOT employees of FHCS, though Testers are compensated for their time as independent contractors.
  • Frequency of conducting tests will vary.  FHCS cannot guarantee regular testing opportunities.

Would you like more information about becoming a tester?

An FHCS staff member would be happy to answer your questions or provide additional information about becoming a housing investigator.  Please contact our office via email at info@fairhousingakron.org or by phone at 330-376-6191 (toll free 877-376-6191).