Hoteliers reminded about TV licences

By Toby Leigh in Local People

Hotel owners in the Totnes area are being warned to ensure they have shelled out for a TV licence.

Smaller hotels and guesthouses are covered by the £145.50 TV licence that ordinary householders have, but hotels with more than 15 rooms are only covered for those 15, and they need a separate licence for every five rooms after that.

UK TV Licensing reckons there are some 150 hotels within a 10-mile radius of Totnes.

A TV Licensing spokesman said: ‘Budget hotels, boutique B&Bs, luxury spa resorts or serviced apartments must all be covered by a valid TV licence if guests or staff are watching TV as it is broadcast.

‘All viewers who use the iPlayer to watch any BBC programmes must also now be ­covered by a TV licence after new rules came into force in September.’

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