Licensing officials will visit B&Bs in Portsmouth

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GUEST houses and bed and breakfasts are being urged to make sure they are correctly licensed for televisions.

The warning comes as TV Licensing has said it will be targeting guest houses in the Portsmouth area over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

Enquiry officers will be randomly visiting establishments to make sure they are properly licensed.

A single TV licence will cover up to 15 guest rooms on any one site, meaning the majority will need to pay £145.50 to ensure they are covered.

For establishments with more than 15 bedrooms, there is an additional fee for every five rooms.

Pauline Gillingham, TV Licensing spokeswoman, said: ‘It’s essential owners and managers ensure they are covered now, rather than risk a prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.

‘We’re always keen to make sure businesses have all the information they need to stay on the right side of the law.’