What do you do with a letter addressed to a previous tenant?
What you do is just write ‘Return to Sender” across the envelope and re-post it. Or you can put “gone away” if you prefer. But let the mail service deal with it.
Is it illegal to open a letter addressed to someone else?
It is only an offence if you open someone else’s mail ‘without reasonable excuse’ or if you ‘intend to act to another’s detriment’. You should tell the sender, either by returning it marked “not known at this address” or by opening the mail and calling any number provided within.
How do I stop old owners mail?
Write “Not at this address” on the exterior of the envelope. Then place the mail in an outgoing mailbox. This notifies the post office and the original sender that the recipient no longer lives at that address. Hopefully, the original sender will update the records, and you will stop receiving the mail.
What happens if someone sends mail to your old address?
If the USPS has a forwarding address, First class mail gets forwarded; if not, it’s returned to the sender. Other mail is discarded and maybe the sender will be notified. Your best option is to contact the current resident and ask them to hold the mail for you and then pick it up every week.
What should you do with post that isn’t yours?
If you’re not sure what to do with mail that isn’t yours, it’s probably easier than you think to get rid of it legally. All you need to do is write “RETURN TO SENDER” on the front of the envelope and put it back in your mailbox. Your postal worker will take care of it for you from there.
Is it OK to let someone use your address?
Short Answer. It is not always explicitly illegal for someone to use your mailing address. However, allowing someone else to use your address or using someone else’s mailing address as your own may be considered address fraud. Address fraud is punishable by jail time in some areas.