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Do I need a licence for any other type of home?
If you watch or record TV programmes in a second home which is a touring caravan or vehicle, or a boat, you do not need a separate TV Licence; you will be covered by the TV Licence for your main residence.
I bought a house earlier last year that I've been renovating in my spare time. After a few weeks I got a letter from the TV licencing peeps reminding me that I needed a TV licence. As I have no TV at the address I ignored it. On a regular basis more reminders arrived and they got progressively more threatening and red with promises of being interviewed along with a police type caution.
I've continued to ignore them and still they arrive with threats of a doorstep visit. I don't know if anyone has actually tried visiting as I suspect they are likely to come in the evening when a TV's more likely to be in use. Shame as I am really looking forward to hearing what they have to say.
Same thing on two renovations each stretching over around 9 months. Likewise when out of the country for a year. In each case as a courtesy I replied to the first notification stating 'no receiving apparatus in use' and that I would not reply to any further letters, especially if they did not provide a freepost address. In all cases received follow-ups about every month which I ignored. Never saw a soul, even though living at the two renovations (I don't watch TV). My guess is that they do a cost analysis between the costs of enforcement v. likely recovery. Thinking about it, I havn't seen an 'old-fashioned' visible detector-van for around 20 years or so. and even then there was a rumour that most were simply mock-ups! Looking through windows much easier!
Had the same thing on a house I was renovating recently. Letters kept arriving at regular intervals. Replied to one of the early ones, but thereafter the backs of the envelopes came in handy for jotting down dimensions etc. The contents just got binned.
Name of our house was changed some 35 years ago to avoid confusion with a nearby similarly named property. We have a TV licence registered to the "new" address. For the last seven years or so I've been receiving threatening and offensive letters from the jobsworths at the BBC. I am expected to confirm to them (at my expense) that I have no need of a licence at the "old" address. They reserve the right to visit to confirm I'm telling the truth. All I can say is "B*GGER ORFF".