The top 10 secrets most often kept by London's renters have been revealed in a survey by flatsharing marketplace weroom.com.
Taking the top spot, with 40 per cent of those surveyed confessing it as their go-to fib, is making up an excuse to avoid having to go to a party. Renters also go to great lengths to cover up when they've called in sick for work, fearing judgment from those they live with.
While almost half of London's renters trust that those they live with would not lie to them, more than two thirds have themselves stretched the truth or kept a secret from someone they share a home with, according to the report.
Surprisingly, eating food that doesn't belong to you from the fridge was only fifth on the list, with 20 per cent of those surveyed admitting to the offence (perhaps they were the only ones able to keep a lid on it).
People may think that they know everything about their housemates, from their habits to their love lives, but 11 per cent of London renters lie to those they live with about smoking, while a third (33 per cent) secretly have a crush on a housemate. A further 16 per cent are only pretending to like those that live under the same roof.
When asked about why Londoners lie or keep secrets from those they live with, most fib to avoid conflict and keep the peace within the household. Over half tell porky pies to avoid upsetting others, while a third keep secrets and lie to maintain their privacy within a household.