Testing is an investigative tool used by fair housing organizations and government agencies to uncover illegal housing discrimination.
Testing is a simulated housing transaction designed to obtain evidence of any differential treatment based on protected classes. Typically, testing involves using people with similar profiles, but who differ in one protected characteristic, such as race. Common tests include responding to a rental or sale advertisement and viewing an advertised property.
Testing is a legitimate and necessary method of uncovering illegal housing discrimination. Without testing, most housing discrimination goes undetected.
Testing is not designed to trap the housing provider or encourage them to discriminate. Testers simply observe and record their experiences, similar to a secret shopper.