Re: Owning a TV is not compulsory.
You misunderstand completely.
One can have a TV in the lounge without needing to buy a TV license which covers the watching of live broadcasts.
So how does one respond when the TV licensing gestapo knock on the door and ask if you have a TV?
"No" is a false statement and might be basis for a warrant. "Yes" will only make things more complicated because you don't have a license.
And even if you don't have a TV in your lounge, you might have a computer with an internet connection, or a mobile phone. These can be used to watch live TV.
So a better answer might be: Why do you want to know?
Do I have to answer that question
I don't want to answer that question
In my case those answers caused the caller to respond that they would pass my details on for prosecution as I was not co-operating.
So no, you ought to be able to have a TV in the lounge, and not having a TV in the lounge certainly isn't the end of it anyway.
I was quite willing to visit with a officer if they could make an appointment but they aren't able to do that. They wish to call at their convenience. The threatening letters they send out are geared towards scaring you into paying.
I'm not a customer of TV Licensing, haven't been for years and I don't need to engage with them according to their procedures or expectations. They need to learn some manners, no other LEGAL business can be successful by adopting such a threatening attitude to potential new customers.