TV Licence Letters

I am bereft because the legal occupier of my home is no longer receiving the frightening letters. You know the letters where they're opening an investigation, delaying a visit for 14 days, or threatening a fine of £1000 unless we purchase a Licence.
We have not received any letters for over a year. I know Royal Mail are on strike and letters are delayed, but 12 months. Have the BBC and its agents stopped sending the threatening letters or have we become lost to their system?
For the avoidance of doubt, can I say we haven't had a TV Licence for over 10 years and we haven't even got a television.

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  • This sounds like blatant discrimination to me and perhaps strongly worded letters to MP and OFCOM might be appropriate.

    The exciting prospect of a knock on the door from Capita's best agents is being denied to you and this really is unforgiveable.

    I can confirm that these letters are still being issued, delivered and in my case continuing to provide fodder for my shredding machine.


  • diystarter7
    diystarter7 Posts: 5,202 Forumite
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    Hi

    Is it worth contacting the tv licence people and referring them to their records of no tv in your property and now you are getting this?

    We never get a reminder as we pay online tick the boxes for a letter reminder and never get one
    When we last moved, I recall o a Sunday me and BiL putting a few things in the car a couple of months after we moved out of our old house and transferred tv licence to new one - low and behold on a Sunday a guy approached me and said he was from tv licencing  - i told him we moved out as per notification and taking the last odds and ends and board re sold up on front garden - he thanked us and said he did not want to go inside. But I was surprised they still went around checking - it was about 14 years ago.

    Good luck OP

    Thanks
  • baser999
    baser999 Posts: 1,134 Forumite
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    If you’ve no tv and not receiving threatening letters, what’s the problem? 
  • The BBC are certainly sending lots of  letters out as people on various licence resistance sites are reporting getting them.
    But it does seem a bit hit and miss. I've been licence free for over eleven years and normally the pattern is that BBC goon harassment starts again about every two years. But it's been two years and nine months since the last goon contact...... perhaps I was a bit too 😡angry🤬 with them last time!!!
  • We have never had any meaningful contact with the TV Licence salesmen. On the two occasions that they appeared we refused to allow them into the house, provide our name or sign anything.
    Do you think that a salesman had a discreet peek through the windows and decided that we didn't have a television?
  • We have never had any meaningful contact with the TV Licence salesmen. On the two occasions that they appeared we refused to allow them into the house, provide our name or sign anything.
    Do you think that a salesman had a discreet peek through the windows and decided that we didn't have a television?
    They're not supposed to look through your windows, and even if they did ownership of a TV alone does not need a licence. I've got a TV, but I never watch "live" TV on it! 
    Not speaking to them (other than to say "no thanks") is the recommended course should they knock your door. Never let them in, never sign anything, and never engage in discussions!


  • Swipe
    Swipe Posts: 5,085 Forumite
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    I got my INC004575 code in a see through window letter through the post this morning and filed it straight to the bin without opening
  • Cornucopia
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    TV Licensing letters are complete nonsense.   There are all sorts of ways of disposing of them, but the very worst thing to do is to read them and take them in any way seriously.   It's a national scandal that the BBC sees fit to lie to the Public in this way.

    There is certainly a database at TVL of addresses that don't receive their noxious letters.   It seems like they had a reshuffle of that database in late 2021/early 2022 and some addresses began to receive letters, and others dropped off.  

    Personally, I am returning my "legal occupier" letters using "return to sender".  The more people who do this, the more work and cost is involved for TVL.   Given that they send millions of these letters every month, even if only a few percent were returned, this would still be a substantial chore for them to deal with.
  • nyermen
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    I used to get the rubbish too - I was travelling every week on business so I didnt use a TV.  Got bored of telling them I didn't only for them to ignore.
    Worst of all, those letters aren't even useful either.  I asked if they could upgrade them to 2 ply paper, no luck there.

    Peter

    Debt free - finally finished paying off £20k + Interest.
  • Mine get RTS with " L Occupier has moved"
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