A housing association has issued a warning about a "scam" letter being sent to its residents.

Watford Community Housing says it is aware of a letter posted through doors requesting access to the property.

The letter claims to have been signed by a 'property improvements officer' at Watford Community Housing - the housing association said on its Facebook page that the letter is not from them.

In a statement on social media and on its website, the housing association, said: "We are aware that some residents may have received a letter claiming to be from a ‘Property Improvements Officer’ at Watford Community Housing.

"The letter suggests that we are planning to carry out works at the recipient’s home and requests access to the property.

"Please note that this letter is a scam – it is not from Watford Community Housing."

Watford Community Housing, which owns and manages more than 5,000 properties across south west Hertfordshire, added: "If you have received a letter and you are not sure if it is genuine, please contact us on 0800 218 2247 or email enquiries@wcht.org.uk.

"If you are visited at home by someone claiming to be from Watford Community Housing, please ensure you check their ID. If you have any doubts or concerns, please do not grant visitors access to your home.

"You should also report any concerns to the police by calling 101. If it is an emergency, please call 999."