I have lived at my property as a tenant for a little over a year.
My landlord lives abroad,
I rent through an agency and
they left all their property here incl their TV so getting rid of it is not an option.
I never got a TV licence for this property in the time I have lived here.
Automatically generated letters threatening various actions have arrived.
I am used to these as I never owned a TV in my life
but previously I didn't need one either,
so had nothing to worry about.
However now that I do, I am worried.
I live on the 1st floor in a block of flats and I personally know my ground floor neighbours who have been to my flat and would recall seeing a tv here.
It would seem even though I have never spoken to one nor would I ever open the door to one,
a TV licence person has been regularly coming to visit my property for the past few days.
This has been around 7pm so a bit out of normal working hours
( I haven't a clue what normal working hours are for them!).
I cannot think of another person who would cause such harassment so I am certain it must be them.
However they have never during these visits left a note/letter to say they've been and will be coming again.
I am pretty sure after declining to open the door to them today that they went knocking on other doors (which didn't open)
and finally were talking to people downstairs.
I asked my ground floor neighbours but they never told me a thing in regard to who it was
(just stated it wasn't them knocking earlier when I was having a bath)
and I have never discussed TV licence business with them.
I am worried whether I can get away without paying for a licence if getting rid of this TV is not an option.
Would a confirmation from my neighbours be enough for them to get a court order without talking to me?
Would them obtaining my name through some other source also be enough proof of my identity?
Would I if I were to as a last resource go on their website and sign up for a licence TODAY using my original details
get in trouble even more because now they'd know who I am
and would probably wonder why the property was unlicensed for the amount of time it was,
so I could be prosecuted?