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The old saying goes that there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. However, when applied to the modern world, this notion swiftly becomes archaic and ignores the other, more prominent certainties in our day-to-day living, like freaking out about your TV licence when you change address.

The TV Licence. That one bill that – on the face of it – doesn’t seem important, but lingers over you throughout your entire change of address. Despite your best attempts to put it to the back of your mind, the TV licence conundrum looms overhead, threatening to take you to court if you do not get it sorted.

Moving house is stressful enough as it is. All the packing boxes, mortgage calculations and re-rooting of your beloved possessions are enough to put a strain on anyone. But one thing that can be looked after straightforwardly is your TV Licence.

Now, you may not think that getting a TV licence is the most pressing issue when it comes to the rigmarole of changing your address. But those two weeks without the internet are going to be desolate, and the one thing that is going to pull you through it is your television. Besides, who wants to live a life without Match of The Day, Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders?

TV Licence: Registering a Change of Address

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to your TV Licence and changing address. Sadly, when you decide to move house, your TV licence doesn’t automatically pack up its bags and come along with you. Instead, it will stay where it is registered and you will need to sign into your account and update your address before it moves on as well.

However, the good news is that this is extremely simple. You don’t have to cancel your licence and sign up again. Just log in, provide your licence number and change your details – it’s that easy.

Of course, everyone’s moving situation is different and the above may not apply to you. But don’t fear, there is more than likely an easy solution to your TV Licence worries.

Say, for example, you live in shared accommodation and you are moving out – what’s the deal with the TV Licence then? Well, if you’re the TV Licence holder and you are changing your address to somewhere that already has a licence, you can transfer your TV Licence to someone else who is living at the property that you are vacating. To do so, you will need to write to TV Licensing and request that they assist in the transfer of the licence, the address is as follows: TV Licensing, Darlington DL98 1TL.

Due to rising rents, living in shared accommodation is becoming an increasingly common way of living, and it can be confusing working out who should be paying for the TV Licence. In this situation, it must be noted that, unless stated otherwise in the tenancy agreement, the tenant is always responsible for paying the TV Licence for the property. That said, there are a couple of variations on this.

If you are signed onto a joint tenancy agreement – whereby you signed for the house as a joint group – the licence applies for the entire property and communal areas. However, if each tenant in the property has their own individual tenancy agreement, they would each need a separate TV Licence for their own room.

How to Cancel Your TV Licence

If for whatever reason, you decide that you no longer require a TV Licence, it’s simple to cancel your subscription and you may also be issued a refund.

There’s a host of reasons to cancel your licence, whether it be because you’re moving abroad, into a house that already has a licence or because you have taken the decision that you don’t want to watch the BBC, record live TV or watch any television online. Whatever your reason, you can submit your cancellation and request a refund.

If you have paid your licence in full or you are paying via Direct Debit, you will need to use the contact form on the TV Licencing website to submit your cancellation. From here, you will be asked to submit your reasoning for cancelling the licence and to provide the address that the licence is issued to. If you pay via Direct Debit, you will also need to cancel this with your bank. If you pay your licence with a TV Licencing payment card, however, you will need to call them to go through your cancellation.

When cancelling your TV Licence, you may also be eligible for a refund. To be eligible to receive a refund, you will need to prove that you won’t be using your licence before it expires and that your licence still has at least one month left to run on it.

To submit a refund request, you will be asked to fill out a short form and to provide evidence to support your request. TV Licencing will then look at your request and decide whether you are eligible for a refund or not. All refunds are calculated in unused months, meaning that you could get a refund for between one and 11 months, depending on how long your licence has left to run.

So there you have it: how to deal with the TV Licence conundrum when changing your address. It may seem like a little issue in the grand scheme of things, but when left to manifest over time, it can end up being a much bigger problem. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Sorting out your TV licence is simple and it’s something that can be tied up and forgotten about in just a few clicks. Besides, the TV has the power to transform your house into a home, so you really don’t want to be left without one, do you?

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