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Testing is a controlled process whereby trained volunteers (called testers) visit apartment leasing offices or real estate agencies, act like potential renters or homebuyers, inquire about available housing or financing, and then objectively report on their experiences.
The Council’s staff will then compare the reported experiences of the volunteers to determine whether discriminatory treatment has occurred. The testing reports are evidence that may then be used to substantiate a consumer’s fair housing complaint.
Testers are volunteers. However, they do receive a small monetary stipend for completing a testing assignment and are reimbursed for their mileage to and from the test site. In addition, the Council’s staff will coordinate test assignments according to the availability of the volunteers. Volunteers will visit the test sites (i.e., leasing offices, realty companies, etc.) during that companies’ normal business hours, which may include weekends and evening hours.
In you are interested in becoming a volunteer tester, please contact our office at (210) 733-3247 and we will mail you a Tester Volunteer Application Form. If your application is approved, a Council staff member will inform you about upcoming tester training sessions. Before you can become a tester, you must attend a mandatory training session and complete a practice test assignment. Volunteers do receive a monetary stipend for completing the practice test assignment.