The exact date of the introduction of this pest into the UK is unknown but it was probably after World War II. Like another recently arrived pest, Mink (Neovison vison) they were originally introduced for a practical reason.
In the case of Mink this was for fur farms but the animals escaped and kill many small wild and domestic creatures.
TV Licensing Enforcement Officer is used to hunt down people who use a TV without paying the licence fee. Unfortunately, they also harass people who don't have a TV.
Normal pest control methods such as trapping or shooting are not legal for TV Licensing Enforcement Officer. For many years there seemed to be no way of dealing with infestations but I've recently discovered a promising new method - and I'm going to share it with you free of charge.
Here's a little about their habits:
I was clear in my mind that I wanted to achieve:
Next, you are not obliged to answer their threatening letters. So, you tell them you are introducing charges for dealing with them!
So here's the letter:
The British Broadcasting Corporation
As you know, there has been no TV licence at this address for over 29 years. You also know that is because I don't have a TV. During the last 29 years, you have repeatedly harassed me with your letters, threats and enquiry officers.
1. I withdraw from the BBC, TV Licensing, your employees, agents and other associates the implied right of access to my property at (address)
2. You may acknowledge this letter.
3. You will not attempt to contact me or anyone at this address further except as set out below:
Fees that apply should you wish to continue contact with me:
3.1.1 Receiving communications from you by any media, £25 per occasion. I reserve the right to decide whether or not to respond to your communications.
3.1.2 Receiving visits in connection with TV Licenses, £50 per occasion, which must be sent at least 7 days before the visit. I will then telephone you to arrange a convenient time.
3.1.3 If you attempt a visit outside the terms of section 3.1.2 above, the fee rises to £75 payable in cash on the doorstep. Should your representative fail to pay the £75, not only will they not be admitted, you will be liable to a further invoicing charge of £25 making a total of £100.
I am entitled to use force to remove trespassers on my land.
I reserve the right to record any of your activities.
No communication from you purporting to vary any of the above has any validity unless explicitly agreed by me in writing.
If you are concerned that I'm an evader, use detection equipment from the street. Just leave me alone!
This should result in them writing back to you
Thank you for you recent letter….
I am sorry…not our intention to harass….
Having received your letter, I have noted your effective withdrawal of the common law right for a TV Licensing Officer to approach your property. Your instructions will of course be adhered to….
…our standard renewal notices and unlicensed mailings have been stopped…
Thank you again for writing to us…..Notes
- My thanks to Ian K for suggesting the use of green ink.
- Point 2 in my letter is vital. You need their acknowledgement of seeing your letter
- Of course, they might not actually leave me alone but it will cost them money and embarrassment
- I'm not a lawyer. Do not rely on this as legal advice