In the last year alone, more than one million renters have fallen victim to a law-breaking landlord, a new report has revealed.

According to figures released by YouGov and housing charity Shelter, one in eight tenants have been exposed to unlawful landlord behaviour, with renters having gas and electricity supplies cut off, deposits left unprotected and possessions thrown out illegally.

Other common problems include landlords entering the homes of tenants without permission and using threatening or abusive behaviour.

Around 64,000 tenants reported that a landlord has cut off their utilities without consent, and almost 50,000 said their belongings had been thrown out of their home and the locks changed.

A staggering 600,000 renters have had their home entered by a landlord without permission or notice being given, and over 200,000 reported to being  abused, threatened or harassed by a landlord.

Shockingly, around 110,000 renters said they felt as if they had been treated unfairly due to their race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.

Shelter’s helpline adviser, Danielle Goodwin, said: “Every day at Shelter we speak to people at the end of their tether after a law-breaking landlord has caused chaos in their lives. These range from instances where the renter has been unaware of their rights, to cases where renters are exploited and subjected to terrible experiences by a minority of law breaking landlords.”