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Landlords are describing Wellington City Council’s warrant of fitness for rental housing as a well-intentioned flop and say it should be scrapped.

Just two properties have acquired a pass mark since the council put the policy in place nearly two years ago.

It was described as New Zealand’s first rental warrant of fitness, aimed at improving the quality of rental options in the capital.

Mayor Justin Lester said in August 2017 it’s a voluntary scheme, so landlords would be able to get inspections of their houses for $250, valid for up to three years, “to help make the quality of Wellington housing and ultimately New Zealand housing, much much better”.

Two decades of research was finally in action.