New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Become a part of our housing justice team as a paid housing discrimination tester

Fair housing opens doors. While much progress has been made to provide equal access to housing, the work to encourage open communities and end discrimination is on-going. Periodic tests evaluating housing opportunities to determine where certain protected groups face discrimination is a key component in this continued fight. 

The Fair Housing Project trains community members to participate in this work as fair housing testers. 

Testers are individuals who are trained to act as prospective tenants seeking rental housing, and to gather information on possible housing discrimination. Successful testers are punctual, detailed observers with good writing or typing skills, who are committed to justice. 

Testers receive a flat fee of $75 for the training once a practice test is completed, and $16 per hour afterward. Testers are independent contractors who are usually asked to participate in 2-to-4 tests each year. Testers are critical to our work seeking to end housing discrimination. 

Being involved in the Fair Housing Testing program is also a way to learn new skills, meet interesting people and work on an exciting civil rights project that has the power to improve the lives and futures of families across our state.

What can Fair Housing testing accomplish? 

Union Leader, November 10, 2016: NHLA Fair Housing test leads to charges Keene landlord discriminated against families with children

According to the charges filed by HUD, a couple responded to a newspaper ad for a “huge” apartment with a garage that was available for rent. When the wife called the landlord, he allegedly told her he was not interested in renting to "anyone with children,” according to court documents.  After the woman posted about the experience on social media, New Hampshire Legal Assistance’s Fair Housing Project arranged for two “fair housing testers” to contact the landlord.

The landlord allegedly told one of the NHLA representatives that he wanted to rent to a couple or single person and that he had evicted the previous tenants because they were “white trash” with three kids “who made a mess.” 

Under federal law, it is illegal to refuse to rent to someone because of familial status.

Our next tester training is scheduled for:

Wednesday, November 16, from 5 to 8 pm 

at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, 1850 Elm Street, Suite 7, Manchester, NH 03104

Interested in attending, but have more questions? Call Liliana Neumann at 668-2900, ext 2214