Whose responsible for the TV licence at a rental property?
Most landlords do not provide a TV for their tenants, therefore the burden of responsibilty for maintaining a valid television licence becomes the tenant’s.
However, if the landlord has provided a TV to the rental property then the burden of responsibility shifts, and both the landlord and the tenant can be held responsible.
If a landlord does provide a television set used at the rental property then they should make clear whose responsibility the TV licence is by writing this as a clause to the tenancy agreement. This won’t necessarily completely indemnify the landlord, but it will go a long way if any dispute or fine occurs.
Another alternative for thoes landlords supplying a television set to a rental property is to buy the TV licence and then add this cost to any service charge or rent. In this situation it follows that future renewals of the TV licence will be the responsibility of the landlord.
It is worth remembering that all TV dealerships must by law inform the TV Licensing Agency of all sales of TV receiving equipment within 28 days of the sale. Any new purchase by landlords will therefore be cross checked against their data base of Licence holders
The tenant responsibilty for a TV licence
Even when the televison is supplied by the landlord, it is also the responsibility of the tenant to check that the landlord has supplied a valid TV licence.
Where several tenants share a rental property, each owningtheir own TV’s then one of the following applies:
- Under separate tenancy agreements all tenants will need their own licenses
- If it’s a joint tenancy then only one license is needed.
The lodgers responsibility for a TV licence
Lodgers need a separate TV license if they have their own TV in a bedroom, the exceptions being:
- If the lodger is a family member
- If the lodger lives in the same household due to a relationship (e.g. common law relationships)
- If the lodger is employed by the household (e.g. au pair, housekeeper, cook)