A couple has been arrested and charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass after they allegedly broke into a house, changed the locks and pretended that they lived there.

The Balaklava homeowner returned to their property on Tuesday morning to find that they were locked out.

Police later arrived to find a 28-year-old man and 40-year-old woman inside, pretending to be the home’s owners.

The pair were refused bail and will appear before court on Wednesday.