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What is Testing?

Testing refers to the process of monitoring the housing market to determine the nature and extent of discriminatory treatment accorded to homeseekers. Two individuals, alike in every aspect except the variable being tested, are sent to the same rental or sales office. These testers play the role of homeseekers - persons looking for a housing unit in which to live. Testers make objective reports of what transpires. Testers must be objective, careful observers, accurate reporters, and truthful witnesses. Any differences in treatment may form the basis for the successful resolution of a housing discrimination complaint.

Why Testing?

The testing process has been consistently supported by federal courts as a legitimate, necessary method to identify practices of unlawful housing discrimination. Testing provides compelling, objective evidence which verifies a homeseeker's experience with discrimination. Both the sworn oral testimony and the actual written reports of testers are routinely accepted by courts as evidence of discriminatory conduct by a defendant.

$$Testers receive a small stipend for completed test reports$$

Tester Training

Silver State Fair Housing Council invites you to participate in Housing Discrimination training.

All testers are required to complete a tester training course. The three-hour tester training provides an overview of fair housing law, reviews the nature and structure of housing discrimination tests, and teaches prospective testers to report their experiences in an objective, professional manner. 

For more information on testing and tester training, Call Silver State Fair Housing Council @ 702-749-3288 / 775-324-0990 / 888-585-8634 toll-free


bagheads\'bag -, 'hedz\n (1998): are anonymous members of our community who help monitor housing discrimination through testing. Also known as testers or housing discrimination investigators.

Source: in an effort to maintain anonymity, SSFHC testers meet the press wearing bags on their heads.