a debate about tv license when away from home
do i need a tv license 4 my m/h
like yeas ago you need a radio license for a radio in a car
or does my home one cove me
You don’t need a separate TV Licence for
Any device powered solely by its own internal batteries (i.e. it is not connected to an aerial or plugged into the mains). Your main home’s TV Licence will cover this.
Boats, touring caravans or vehicles as they’re already covered by your main home’s TV Licence.
Static caravans, mobile homes or moveable chalets. Your main home’s TV Licence will cover you provided you don’t watch TV in both homes at the same time. In this case you would need to complete a declaration form .
would that mean a fulltimer, of no fixed abode or other place of permanent domicile, doesn't need a TV licence ?
I can only tell you this Jim. Some years ago, we were spending several months on our Narrowboat. We were moored up outside Rugby, when a knock came on the hatch. This guy identified himself as a licence checking whatever, and asked us if we had a TV licence. As it was, we had one, (at home), but feeling a tad pedantic, (not like me ), I said we hadn't. He asked for our address, to which I replied " A boat, on a canal, England". Fine said the man, you don't require a TV licence if you have no permanent address, and left, going on to the next moored boat.
I got to think well yes, where would they send it to, if your address was 'boat'.
but since it is now a paperless license a physical address is not required..
Most liveaboard narrowboaters don’t have a fixed address for them to check. They’re moored along the cut near a bridge or are continually cruising. I haven’t heard of a single narrowboat owner having to face the wrath of the BBC
And they send the reminder to where?? By 'paperless', I assume you mean it isn't sent by snail mail, but then how do you apply for one, or even get it, if you haven't a postal addy? And therefore what property does it appertain to?
You also don't need a licence at all if your home has no permanent address, boat etc.
If the boat or motorhome is your sole residence then you need a licence to receive live broadcasts.
Are we the only people paying for a TV licence?
I suspect you may be the only full timers paying for one!
Whilst on their website they say you need one in the motorhome, to buy online you have to enter an address and postcode, no way round it. To phone them up, you still need to quote an address and postcode! Whilst many FT have an address, many don't, just a 'care of' for driving licence, vehicle reg and insurance.
Now - with that in mind, you simply don't have to speak to a TV licence inspector if he happens to visit a site, and they have no right of entry to your van, as its your 'house'. Campsites are - in any event - private property. If they turn up at your van door, they are most likely trespassing (technically). They actually have no right to call on you. If they wanted to be really really efficient, they could take your reg. no. and put it through DVLA - only to find that that address actually does have a licence (even if its not you!), and I seriously doubt any would ever go that far!
Anyway - I don't watch BBC, I pay for Sky