Hotels urged to check TV licences or risk fine

By Emma Eversham

- Last updated on GMT

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TV Licensing officers plan visits to hotels this summer to check they have the right licences in place

Hoteliers and guest house owners have been warned to check their TV licences are valid or risk landing themselves with a hefty fine this summer. 

TV Licensing enquiry officers are planning on visiting hotels over the holiday period to check they have the right TV licences in place and those that don`t could be fined up to £1k.

Joanna Pearce, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: "August bank holiday is always one of the busiest times for hotels, so the last thing any manager would want is a TV Licensing enquiry officer turning up at the reception desk. If your hotel is unlicensed, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, so it`s essential to check you`re covered."

Under special terms for hotels, TV licences cost £139.50 for the first 15 rooms where a TV is installed and an extra £139.50 for every additional five rooms. 

Bob Cotton, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, added: "It`s very important that hotel and guest house managers understand the TV Licensing requirements and make sure they`re covered. Taking a minute to check could save your business from a large fine as well as the embarrassment of a visit from an enquiry officer.

"If hotel managers are not sure what the requirements are or whether they are already licensed, a quick phone call to TV Licensing will help ensure they are not breaking the law."

For advice on TV licensing call 0844 800 5820.


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