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On the subject of TV licensing, the lads above are correct.
>if you have equipment that can watch live television
...and you are using that equipment to watch live television, then yes you do need a licence. Otherwise you're fine. If you just own a television, but you only use it for DVDs or iPlayer or Xbox, then no licence is needed. As for streaming live TV on your computer or phone, TVL will have a hard time proving it.
If you don't need a licence (or if you do need a licence but don't want to pay for one), do not contact TVL to tell them this. That just flags you up for a priority investigation, and someone will be sent round to confirm anyway. Instead, just sit on your arse and ignore the scary-looking computer-generated letters that come through your letterbox each month saying 'final warning' and 'an investigation has been opened on your address'.
Factors change whether your tenancy agreement is joint or separate. According to TVL's website:
>If you've signed a joint tenancy agreement with your housemates, it's likely you'll only need one TV Licence to cover all the TV receivers in your house. So it's a good idea to share the cost. If you don't have a licence between you, whoever is found watching TV when an Enforcement Officer comes to visit is at risk of being prosecuted and fined up to £1,000. It could be you, whether you own the TV or not.
>If you've signed a separate tenancy agreement and you're using a TV receiver in your room, you'll need a TV Licence of your own.
So, if you don't need a TV licence and your landlord tries to get you to buy one, tell them to fuck off. If your landlord provides you with a TV, and you don't want to use it to watch live broadcasts, tell them that you will not use it to watch live broadcasts and therefore don't need a licence. And if one of your mates puts a TV in the living room, and you don't have a licence, then do not use it to watch live broadcasts.