posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 09:44 AM
Originally posted by fakedirt
reply to post by scotsdavy1
firstly they will need to get over the threshold. that's your shout. if in the slightest possibility you allow them in and they find the dish
connected to the decoder and tv ready for viewing then i assume they will take action.
Rule Number 1. Under no circumstances should you allow ANYONE to enter your property. You are under no obligation to do so. Unless a baliff presents
you with a signed (by a magistrate) x96 form, and it MUST be signed, no force can be used to gain entry. Tell them politely to f*off and close the
if you stress that you view only recorded content then apart from arguing the toss with you i assume the burden of proof lies with them. if the
burden lies with you, you will have to show that all content watched was after initial broadcast of content. their argument may entail that you
accessed the broadcasted index/menu to decide what programmes to record thus accessing real-time broadcast material.
Rule Number 2. Under no circumstances open your mouth. You are under no obligation to do so. The burden of proof is on them, end of. Note though, a
licence IS required for the recording of live broadcasts, not to watch them (recorded). If you admit to recording a live broadcast to watch later, you
have just inadvertently given them an admission of guilt and that is all they need.
i know it may sound daft but in a court of law the plaintiff (tv licensing authority) will have all the tricks available at their disposal
whereas you being the defendant will have to show beyond reasonable doubt that you only accessed 'post' broadcasted material.
Capita, the private firm which holds the contract to enforce the TV Tax, will use any and all means to catch you out, including making crap up. One
need only rememner 1 thing. Their proof almost always consists of photographic or video evidence of some using a television. There are no detector
vans, and if there is, they have never been used as evidence in any case of TV Tax evasion, ever. This is why Rules 1 and 2 are of utmost importance.
Keep your door closed and your mouth shut and video everything. If someone knocks on your door and your not sure who it is, answer with a camera. If
its one of their salesmen up to no good they wont like their unlawful antics being plastered all over youtube and they will simply walk away in a
Another thing you can do, is remove their implied right of access to your property. You can do this in writing or verbaly over the phone. However you
must use that exact wording. If a Capita employee steps foot on your property once this right has been removed, they will be guilty of criminal
trespass. TV Licencing must confirm to you, in writing, that they have acknowledged the removal of their right of access, but they may stall. If so
get on the phone to them and complain.
Winding them up has become a bit of a pastime for folk here, and to be honest it's a lot of fun.
edit on 3-3-2013 by threewisemonkeys because: (no reason given)