I've recently been sent by mistake a copy of the letter that TV Licensing send out to people who don't have a TV license and since asking around I've found out that the same letter is sent regardless of the reason (not having a TV for example). This is a copy:
“Our Enforcement Officers have now been authorised to visit your address in *************. This is because we have no record of a TV Licence at your address and you haven't responded to previous letters.
Watching or recording TV programmes as they're being shown on TV, without a valid licence, is against the law. If our officers find that you're using TV receiving equipment, they may interview you under caution, in line with the police and criminal Evidence Act 1984 or Scottish criminal law.
What you say in this interview may be used as evidence later. Taking your statement will lead to you being taken to court and fined up to £1,000. Officers from our enforcement team catch around 1,000 licence evaders every day.
If you contact us now and buy a licence, we won't need to visit your home.”
I was very shocked by the aggressive and intimidating nature of this letter which grossly misrepresents the facts so as to read that not having a license is breaking the law and you will be fined, full stop. It would appear that at no point do they offer a free phone number or a reply envelope to facilitate a response and no matter how many times you respond stating that you don’t watch TV you will continue to get these letters and have to respond at your own cost to avoid an invasion of your home. It’s racketeering.
As a fully paying license holder I’ve asked that they reconsider the language to avoid the emotional distress that this letter may cause and pointed out I would be ashamed to have any association with a company that wasn’t concerned about the effects of such unpleasant communications. I’ve not yet had a response but I’ll let you know when I do. If you have a license and feel the same way I’m sure it would help if more people expressed the same concerns. Also, if you don’t have a license and have been harassed it would help to hear your story.