(Closed) Obligations when wrong mail is recieved (Canada)

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
195 posts
Blushing bee

I write ‘Return to sender’ on the envelope and put it in a mail box. I think that that is the proper procedure

Post # 4
598 posts
Busy bee

I write wrong address on it and put it in the mailbox. 

Post # 5
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think there is a legal obligation at all. It’s common courtesy to cross out the address and put it back in the mail with a note saying something like “no longer at this address”. If you forwarded all your other mail to your new address and this was the only piece they would have gotten in your name (or one of just a handful), then it sucks they didn’t have the courtesy to do that. But if you didn’t forward the majority of your mail and they are constantly getting your mail, then I can see them just putting it in the garbage/shredding after a few months. We’ve lived in our place for 2 1/2 years now and we STILL get a ton of mail for not just one person, but THREE prior tenants. In the beginning I was re-posting with notes on. After about 6 months of getting mail on a daily basis for these 3 people I now just bring it inside and shred it right away. I even got in contact with 2 of the prior tenants when I received government-issued envelopes in their names so they could come by to pick them up, and they STILL didn’t change their addresses after that fact. But again, if it’s a rare occurrence then I’d make the personal choice to try to forward it on or return to sender.

Post # 6
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sorry, I don’t know the legalities!  I just write “moved” on it and plunk it back in the box unless it’s junk-type mail, which I have just chucked before (like fliers or coupons addressed to the old owners).

I have a feeling the new owner/tenant has no legal responsibility to forward or return the mail as it’s likely the responsibility of the person who moved to forward all of their mail.

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