Hi, two years ago I was living with my girlfriend in surry whilst she was at uni. We had a joint tenancy. When my partner finished uni we were in a rush to find a new place back back in Kent and we were both unemployed. All we could find was a small apartment which was listed as being for a single person only. Our only option at the time was to have my girlfriend take the flat in her name and for me to live there secretly.
All has been fine but now we both have jobs and would like to move to somewhere better. So now we have the problem that the new letting agent will want to know where I have been living for the last two years.
I want to be on the tenancy this time but I’m worried that if we apply they will ask for a reference and our current agent will find out I’ve been living here. They could evict and possibly sue us. If we tell the new agent that our current agreement is only in my partners name will they mention me when they ask the current landlord for a reference?
Should we just be honest with the new agent? Will our past deception harm our application?
This problem is too complex to google, your advice would be appreciated, thank you.