Post # 1
I’m wondering if anyone knows what the legal obligation is when mail is delivered to a previous address?
I just recieved a call that a refund cheque was mailed out to me in February and never cashed. Since the original cheque was submitted with my then current address, the recipient used that address to issue the refund cheque.
The mail never got “returned to sender” or anything of the sort which leads me to believe the dude who bought my condo just threw it out.
I wasn’t expecting this cheque, so didn’t have a chance to change my address with the issuing company.
What is someone’s obligation when they recieve mail from a previous tenant?
If it’s obviously junk mail, I usually just recycle it, but if it’s something intended for the recipient, I always put it back in the mail with a note. I thought there was a legal obligation to do this. Does anyone know the truth to this?
Post # 3
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
I write wrong address on it and put it in the mailbox.
Post # 5
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
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.