Houseshare fibs: The lies people tell their housemates

Looking for a place to live is usually a stressful experience, especially when you’re trying to find a houseshare with great people – you want them to like you, you want to like them and the house needs to tick a few boxes too. With this kind of pressure, often combined with a looming move date, we wouldn’t judge you if you told the odd white lie to help you secure your dream houseshare.


We asked SpareRoom users what lies they’ve told their housemates. The most common fibs were about house clutter:

29% of housemates lie about being neat and tidy

28% say their easy going when it comes to clutter when really they aren’t

Some sneaky housemates lie about house etiquette, denying habits like hogging the bathroom or leaving dirty dishes lying around. Beware of the housemate who ‘never take long showers in the morning’ – 11% have lied about this – and watch out for the 11% who claim is wasn’t them who finished the last of the milk.

The sociable housemates tell the odd lie about being party animals with 10% saying they’re considerate when coming home from the pub and 5% saying they never have house parties despite the house being known locally as the go-to after party venue.

Our advice to anyone looking for new housemates is to be yourselves – you’ll have more luck finding like-minded people to live with if you’re open and honest about your lifestyle and hobbies. After all, home is a place you go to relax and be yourself, not the person your housemates want you to be.

What tall stories have you told to secure a flatshare or encourage a potential housemate to move in with you? Was it worth it or did you end up trying to be someone you’re not?

Sharing is the new normal

Today’s release of National Census figures from 2011 reveals that sharing has become a more common way of life in England and Wales.

Households that fall into the “other” category – not single people living alone, or a single family together – make up 8% of households, up from 6% ten years ago. This doesn’t include “other households” with people over 65 living together, which would refer to those in a care home or hospice.

The statistics reveal where flatsharers are likely to be living. In London, house-sharing is at double the national average (15%). Inner London has the highest concentration of house-sharers, at 18% and the borough of Tower Hamlets is revealed to be the top borough for house-sharing – 21% of households are sharers. This accolade is joint with the Borough of Brent in outer London where the same percentage of households (21%) are made up of people sharing.

That London comes top for sharing is not surprising, given the pressures on London housing stock, the cost of living, and the relentless rise of rents.

The region with the lowest proportion of sharers is the North East, where only 5% of households are living with non family members.

The Census figures do not cover Scotland or Northern Ireland.