Tenants of Barrhead Housing Association are being urged to pause for thought if they are planning alterations or improvements.

The organisation stressed that tenants should contact its staff before buying materials or carrying out any work.

A spokesperson for Barrhead Housing Association said: “It is not always guaranteed that the improvements you wish to make will be approved, so you should contact us on 0141 881 0638 to discuss the alteration before you proceed any further, to avoid unnecessary costs and disappointment.

“Following discussion, an alteration form may be issued and information relating to the specification, contractor and a copy of their public liability insurance will be required.

“There may also be important conditions attached to your alteration or improvement that you must agree to before the alteration can be considered for approval.”

The most common alterations planned for properties include a new kitchen or bathroom, laminate flooring and replacement sockets.

The spokesperson added: “Please note we will not allow any alterations which will affect the internal layout or structure of your home.

“Improvements will not be authorised by us in newly-built or refurbished properties until expiry of the defects liability period.

“If you decide to move out of your property, you may be required to return it to its original condition prior to any adaptations, unless otherwise advised by the association. If you don’t, you may be liable for the cost of returning the property to its original condition.”

For more information, call the association’s property services team on 0141 881 0638 or send an email to enquiries@barrheadha.org.