TV Licensing has just unveiled its latest letter designed to coerce the occupiers of unlicensed properties - at least 80% of which are correctly unlicensed - into buying a TV licence they probably have no legal need for.
Senior member 198kHz of the TV Licence Resistance forums (a marvellous community, as discussed here) received the new format letter a couple of days ago. As he also reads our blog, we hope he doesn't mind us reproducing his image above.
This threatogram is unusual in that features a red ink stamp-type mark indicating that an enforcement visit has been approved by TV Licensing uber goon John Hales.
The full text of the letter is as follows:
Will You Be In On [Date]?
As there is no record of a TV Licence at your address, you should expect a visit from an Enforcement Officer.
It may be on [date] or on another day. If you are caught watching or recording live TV, on any device, you face a fine of up to £1,000 plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.
We visit 10,746 addresses a day.
Our Enforcement Officers visit an address every 5 seconds. Day. Evening. And even weekends. And if no one answers, they can come back.
Stop a visit before it's too late.
- Buy a TV Licence at tvlicensing.co.uk/pay with payments starting from £5.60 a week.
- Or, move an existing TV Licence to your current address at tvlicensing.co.uk/moving.
- Or, tell us you don't need one at tvlicensing.co.uk/noTV
For help with any of the above, please call 0300 790 6077 or turn over for more information.
If you do not do any of the above, you can expect a visit soon.
Enforcement Manager, [Location]
All very scary. Not.
In common with every other TV Licensing threatogram, if you read carefully you'll say a generous splattering of the words "may" and "if" and very little of substance.
The simple fact of the matter is that TV Licensing probably won't visit on the date mentioned at the head of the letter. Even if they did, the occupier would be well within their rights to ignore the knock at the door. If TV Licensing want to waste their time returning to knock for a second time, then so be it.
Remember that a legally-licence-free person is under no obligation at all to TV Licensing. Simply ignore their letters and keep the door firmly closed on any TV Licensing goon that calls.
Don't be one of the unfortunate innocent people who makes the mistake of trusting TV Licensing and ends up accused of an offence they haven't committed.
TV Licensing are complete and utter scum and cannot be trusted.
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