Tenants and lodgers

If you’re renting, here’s what you should know.

You must be covered by a valid TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service. This applies to any device you use including a laptop, tablet, mobile phone, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

If you live in self contained accommodation such as a separate flat or annex, then you need your own TV Licence.

It costs £145.50 for colour and £49.00 for a black and white TV Licence.

You'll need a TV Licence

If you have a separate tenancy agreement for your room

Each tenant needs their own TV Licence if they watch or record TV. This licence will also cover the communal areas.

If you have a joint tenancy agreement

One TV Licence may cover the whole house.

However, there may be other reasons why you need your own separate licence, such as whether or not you have exclusive access to a toilet 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.

You don't need a TV Licence

If you’re a lodger and have a relationship with the homeowner – for example, a family member, common law partner, a nanny, au pair or housekeeper

You’re covered by the homeowner’s TV Licence if they have one, provided you live in the same building. If you live in self contained accommodation such as a separate flat or annex you need your own separate licence.

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.



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