Residential landlord

Your property needs to be covered by a TV Licence if you supply a means for tenants to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or to download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

This applies to any device provided by you, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/Blu-ray/VHS recorder.

The TV Licence is your responsibility if you installed the device, unless the tenancy agreement specifies that it’s the tenants’ responsibility.

This only applies for tenants and not lodgers (see Tenants and lodgers page for more information).

A standard TV Licence costs £147.

How many TV Licences are needed?

If they each have a separate tenancy agreement for their room

Each tenant needs their own TV Licence if they watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. This licence also covers the communal areas.

If they have a joint tenancy agreement

One TV Licence may cover the whole house.

However, there may be other reasons why your tenant needs a separate licence, such as whether or not they have exclusive access to cooking or washing facilities. If you are unsure whether this applies to your particular circumstances please contact us (in step 2 of the form click the 'Contact us' button at the bottom) to find out more information.

Your tenants don’t need a TV Licence

Your tenants don’t need a licence if they never watch or record live TV programmes on any channel or device, and never download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.

If you are unsure whether this applies to your particular circumstances, please contact us (in step 2 of the form click the 'Contact us' button at the bottom) to find out more information.

If you still have questions take a look at TV Licensing FAQs where you can find all the answers in one place.


If you still have questions take a look at TV Licensing FAQs where you can find all the answers in one place.

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