A few weeks ago we brought you the story of our reader Jim, who is the landlord of a vacant (and therefore unlicensed) property being investigated by TV Licensing.
Being an avid reader of the TV Licensing Blog, Jim knows full well the legalities of TV reception and how to deal with the aggressive enquiries of the BBC's militant revenue generation bullies.
Despite the passage of time, Jim's property has laid empty for another month. For the first time since the property became vacant about nine months ago, a TV Licensing goon has actually paid a visit. Jim only knows this because a We Said We'd Call card was discreetly shoved through the letterbox sometime on 5th May 2016.
Jim was working at the property that day and never heard anyone at the door, so he thinks the scaredy goon, with the VPN 901029 and remarkably tidy handwriting, pushed the card straight through without announcing his arrival.
The calling card was duly filed in Jim's ever-expanding collection of junk mail until he forwarded it to us a few days ago. We're a bit gutted, as we know he will be, that he didn't come toe-to-toe with the goon that called.
Former squaddie Jim joked: "He must have leopard crawled up the garden path because I didn't even hear next door's dog barking".
Also this month he received a copy of TV Licensing's "what you need to know about the enforcement process" threatogram.
Jim has now finished work on the house and his new tenants will be in within a couple of weeks.
"I'm disappointed that I didn't manage to hook a goon, but I'll be sure to tell my new tenants how they can enjoy their favourite programmes on catch-up without the need for a TV licence", he said.
Sadly the letting agent has told him that he can't make it a condition of the tenancy that the new occupiers don't buy a TV licence!
We are grateful to Jim for the update.
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