Landlords, as we all know, can be awful and dreadful swine. Well, it won't surprise you that thousands of private tenants have 'suffered abuse' at the hands of our landlords, which include threats, assaults and harassment which could have (and should have) ended up with legal action being taken against them, according the charity, Shelter.
Research showed that renters had seen their utilities cut-off by landlords, and ha their homes entered without permission, and some even burned tenants' possessions.
Shelter said that, in the last year, nearly 17,000 people had called their helpline about landlord problems, over a myriad of problems including deposit disputes and allegations of abuse. Of course, this is only the statistics from those who complained - there'll be many more tenants who haven't said anything about their rogue landlords.
Shelter have crunched some numbers, and they reckon that as many as 125,000 tenants in England had experienced abuse, and that there's a whole load more who have been treated in a manner that could've resulted in legal action.
This is clearly a big problem if you consider that many people are priced out of the housing market and, as time goes on, the people unable to get on the property ladder is going to grow.
Shelter's Mark Cook told the Guardian: "Some of their experiences are truly awful – from renters who have been illegally evicted and had their belongings burned, to those who have had their utilities cut off because their landlord wants to intimidate them."
"No one should have to put up with a landlord who breaks the law and it is so important to know your rights as a renter."
Here's the Bitterwallet guide to knowing your rights when it comes to rogue landlords. Or, you can check Shelter for advice as well.