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Hi.

I bought a second home 5 or 6 years ago with the intention of renting it out, or occasionally using it as a weekend home.

 

Ii arranged a sky dish install and tv aerial at the time, but never installed a tv.

 

 

Due to my wife extended illness, the house has sat unoccupied, although I maintain it and keep it secure and tidy.

 

However, from about 6 months after buying the house (as a new build) I began getting demands for a tv licence. These were and have always been addressed to " The Occupier"

 

I have since just been ignoring these and throwing them in the bin along with the mountain of junkmail I normally get at that address.

 

We are now in a position to begin using the house, and as such would be installing a tv.

I am happy therefore to pay my licence from now online.

 

I fear though, that once I purchase the licence, and they have my name, they will come at me with a summons for non payment for the other years.

 

Is this likely to be the case, or will records just update to show the property is now properly licensed (once I buy the annual licence)

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they cant do anything of the sort.

 

 

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Do you mean they can't come after me for the previous unpaid years?

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for what?

 

 

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For the years since they have been issuing demands

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were you watch live tv at that premises?


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were you watch live tv at that premises?

 

no. and I have never spoken to them or replied to any mail, so they don't even have my name.

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well then you didn't need a licence then.

you ONLY need one if you watch live tv..

 

 

owning a tv is NOT a requirement to have a receiving licence!!


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Paul ...simply apply for a licence from the date you intend to move in.......you will have evidence from your council rates the date you occupied.The previous scatter Occupier letters are sent to all empty properties.

 

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dc100uk is mistaken.

Since Apr 17 you have reqd a TV licence for any eqpt capable of viewing 'on demand' services, not just 'live' broadcasts. That can include a BB-enabled laptop.

As said, I doubt they will chase you for years prior to purchasing a TV Licence without proof, even if the current household currently owns an average 1.4 TVs.

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dc100uk is mistaken.

Since Apr 17 you have reqd a TV licence for any eqpt capable of viewing 'on demand' services, not just 'live' broadcasts. That can include a BB-enabled laptop.

As said, I doubt they will chase you for years prior to purchasing a TV Licence without proof, even if the current household currently owns an average 1.4 TVs.

 

That only relates to BBC i player on demand. You don't need a licence to watch ITV, CH4, Youtube, netflix, on demand services etc.

 

I think they should change the licencing system to one more relevant today, if they still want to fund the BBC. Other countries have changed already. One country adds a small fee to electricity bills, so every house with electric which has possibility of a TV being installed, pays towards the countries broadcasting system.


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dc100uk is mistaken.

Since Apr 17 you have reqd a TV licence for any eqpt capable of viewing 'on demand' services, not just 'live' broadcasts. That can include a BB-enabled laptop.

As said, I doubt they will chase you for years prior to purchasing a TV Licence without proof, even if the current household currently owns an average 1.4 TVs.

 

You do not need a licence just because you own any equipment that you can watch live broadcast or BBC iplayer, you only need one if you actually watch tv programms as they are broadcast and BBC Iplayer!

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PCs, laptops, routers and other digital devices including smartphones cannot be "examined and tested" by a TV licensing operative. Firstly examining and testing e.g a laptop requires authorisation under Section 49 RIPA 2000 which Capita Business Services will never obtain. Secondly, data processing equipment such as PCs and laptops fall outside the ambit of the 2003 Communications Act.

 

Any TV Licensing operative attempting to access files on a personal computer, laptop or smartphone can be charged under Section 1 of the Misuse of Computers 1990 as they will causing a computer to perform an unauthorised act.

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