Rental Warrant of Fitness

The Rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) is a voluntary in-home assessment you can request to examine the basic health and safety components of a property.

Wellington houses.

Book a Rental WoF

Book over the phone

Phone: The Sustainability Trust - 0508 78 78 24
Hours: 8.30am–4.30pm, Monday–Friday

Make a booking request using our online form

Request a Rental WoF



The fee is $250 (including GST) and includes a detailed report.

List of properties that have passed the Rental WOF

Suburb Address Rental WOF status Date expires  Rental WOF number
64a Clifford Road Pass with exemption: Underfloor insulation 24 November 2020 A0006-000000132
Ngaio Unit 5, 51 Bombay Street
Pass with exemptions: Ceiling and underfloor insulation

19 January 2021
We want to lift rental standards and make better accommodation available - every Wellingtonian deserves a warm, dry home.
- Justin Lester

Mayor of Wellington

Why do a Rental WoF?

The Rental WoF gives landlords the chance to promote their property as being warm and dry, and gives prospective renters an assurance that the home they are looking to live in meets the standard. 

About the Rental WoF

The  Rental WoF inspection has 63 questions and covers 29 criteria. An inspector will come to the property and the assessment will take about an hour to complete. 

The areas of the house that get assessed are ones which are known to have a direct impact on occupants’ health and safety, can reduce work and school absences, and lead to greater household energy efficiency. 

They are things like:

  • basic hot and cold running water
  • adequate insulation and heating
  • weather-tightness
  • working smoke alarms. 

The property will receive a pass or fail on the spot, and a detailed report will be emailed to the landlord. The Council does not receive your report. 

The Council will be notified if your property passes the Rental WoF assessment. 

You can choose to have your property added to our list of Rental Warrant of Fitness Verified Houses.

A Rental WoF is valid for three years.

Rental Warrant of Fitness logo.

Check the status of the property before you get an assessment

If you'd like to get an understanding of the current state of the property, you can download the self-assessment app. 

This self-assessment tool is free and covers all 29 criteria of the Rental Warrant of Fitness inspection. 

If you can’t use the app, download the assessment checklist:

Rental Warrant of Fitness – Assessment checklist (70KB PDF)

What happens if a property fails a rental WoF

If a property doesn't pass the Rental WoF, the landlord has six months to make the improvements noted in the report and to book a re-assessment at no extra cost.

The Council will not be notified if your property fails the Rental WoF assessment.


See the answers to frequently-asked questions about the Rental Warrant of Fitness: Rental WoF FAQs

Building a better Wellington with a housing standard

The Rental Warrant of Fitness is Wellington City Council's first step towards developing a Wellington Housing Standard.  

The Wellington Housing Standard will set a measure for homes that incorporates both personal health and earthquake resilience. Wellington has some unique challenges and this standard is designed specifically for our city. 

This is an initiative within the Council’s Long Term Plan 2015–25 and supports the delivery of the housing objectives with the Wellington Resilience Strategy.


Wellington City Council partnered with the University of Otago, Wellington to deliver this scheme, New Zealand's first Rental Warrant of Fitness.

The scheme is a University of Otago, Wellington initiative that is the result of many years' research, working with industry experts and conducting practical trials. 

In 2014, the scheme was trialled by Wellington City Council, Auckland Council, Tauranga City Council, Christchurch City Council and Dunedin City Council.

Read more about how this scheme was created: Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness - Healthy Housing   

More information

Carolyn Dick
Senior Advisor Policy
Phone: 021 227 8998