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15-06-2019, 20:29   #1
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Can a tv licence inspector come into your driveway and look in your front window?

I've spent a long time searching trying to find this out and finally just said to hell with it, I'll ask here.

I'm expecting a visit from the friendly tv licence inspector some day and it's giving me a bit of anxiety. I keep hearing this thing about "can he look through the front window and see a tv", and the answer is not from a public area no. But could he reasonably walk around the side of the house and peer in?

I've heard of them being very persistent and aggressive, but he wouldn't have the gall to come up to the front window on my property and look inside with me and the tv in there would he? There is absolutely no public area such as the road he can see a tv from.

He would have to willfully go past the front door and walk along the side of the house until he came to the front window. Alternatively he could park in the driveway, get out of the car and look in. But if you're in a driveway uninvited you're already trespassing right?

Can they get a warrant to search the house on probable cause?
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I paid mine by monthly direct debit- easy
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Did you enquire here?

https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/show...php?p=63911780
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Erm... if your front window is at the side of your house where are your side windows?
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Can they get a warrant to search the house on probable cause?
The TV licence inspector has to prove that live broadcasts are being watched. And when the warrant is obtained, they must be accompanied by a member of An Garda Siochána.

Which would represent a needless waste of public resources.
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When you go to jail for not paying the fine, don't come on here saying you were sent to jail for not having a TV licence.
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Erm... if your front window is at the side of your house where are your side windows?
We kind of call the south-facing side of the house the front as it's next to the driveway. We have no windows facing the road, but the front door is facing the road. So it's like there's two sides of the house that are called the front. I never thought of it like that before.

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The TV licence inspector has to prove that live broadcasts are being watched. And when the warrant is obtained, they must be accompanied by a member of An Garda Siochána.

Which would represent a needless waste of public resources.
Any strategies for getting them to piss off? For example would rudeness cause them to be more harsh or less likely to return?
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The TV licence inspector has to prove that live broadcasts are being watched.
Have you got something to back that up?

This is the text from citizeninformation.ie

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If your household, business or institution possesses a television or equipment capable of receiving a television signal, you are required by law to have a television licence. Even if the television or other equipment is broken and currently unable to receive a signal, it is regarded as capable of being repaired so it can receive a signal and you must hold a licence for it.
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Become a TV License Inspector. They were looking for recruits recently.
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The Broadcasting Act 2009 states:

"146 (3) An officer of an issuing agent may enter at any reasonable time any premises or specified place for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is a television set there and a television licence is for the time being in force in respect of the premises or specified place authorising the keeping of a television set at the premises or specified place."
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Or you know.. just pay your TV licence
It's hardly worth it for the ****e RTÉ churn out and Love Island...
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Any strategies for getting them to piss off? For example would rudeness cause them to be more harsh or less likely to return?
Garlic lots of garlic.
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Always wear a suit and tie and well polished shoes.
Eat lots of garlic everyday.
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Greet them with a big hug and ask them if they have been saved yet.
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(The next part might be tricky if you have a TV)
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Invite them in for a long discussion
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Don't forget they're powerless without their hat. No wait, that's the Gardaí.
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