What is a fair housing tester?

Fair Housing testers help ensure that people are not denied housing due to unlawful discrimination by meeting with housing providers and recording the details of their interaction.

Why become a fair housing tester?

Fair housing testing is an effective way of protecting people against housing discrimination and securing the rights established under the Fair Housing Act.

If you are passionate about civil rights, oppose discrimination, and believe that all people should have equal housing opportunity, becoming a tester will give you an opportunity to put your passions and beliefs into action.

Tester Compensation

Fair housing testers are not employees of FHCS.

Testers are paid a $50 stipend for each completed rental or sales test and $20 for each completed phone or email test. Payment is subject to change. If services are not rendered in accordance with the Tester Agreement, fees may be reduced or eliminated at the discretion of the Test Coordinator, Enforcement Coordinator, or Executive Director

Testers are utilized on an as needed basis.


  • Commitment to civil rights advocacy
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • At least 18 years old
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills
  • No felony fraud prior conviction
  • Violent crimes and drug offenses will be reviewed
  • Not currently a landlord, property manager, realtor, or housing provider of any kind

Contact us for more information on how to become a fair housing tester!