What's the protocol for dealing with it?
The previous owner was elderly and must of had her name on a tonne of mailing lists! I'm receiving 5+ items a day for her- just junk, advertising and charities mostly from the look of it.
I tried the "return to sender, does not live at the address" as I thought that's what you did but two days later the postman had literally shoved it all back in my mailbox (clearly he was p1ssed)?!? Should I try again?
And is there anything I can do if they keep sending these things? Like a do not call list? I don't mind the odd piece but honestly the amount is ridiculous, god forbid if I wasn't around to pick up the mail for a few days!
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06-07-2015 15:55 #1
Help- receiving mail addressed to previous owner
06-07-2015 16:00 #2
I take everything to my post office, they have a big stamp that says 'return to sender' not at this address,. the post office then reposts it. I would do that for a short time, maybe a couple of months, then I would just bin everything. marie.
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06-07-2015 16:10 #3
I'm writing RTS not at this address and posting it in a red box down the street. The postman hasn't returned anything so seems to be working for the time being.
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06-07-2015 17:16 #4
I just write 'Not known at this address' or 'Return to Sender' if it's non junk mail stuff and then put it all in a post box, after a while of this usually the letters stop.
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06-07-2015 17:28 #5Senior Member
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take it in a bundle to the post office. I did this after 3.5 years at my last address & numerous 'return to sender' attempts. in the end I saved up about 3 months worth of mail & took it to the post office in a box. no they were not impressed. but it worked!
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06-07-2015 17:43 #6
I rts only important looking stuff. I've been at same address for nearly 5 years now and a couple was before us. So I'm getting mail that is over 6 years ago...same crap...advertising. i now just bin it because enough is enough. I was getting bank statements and once even got stuff ftom lawyers and vic roads..all that i returned...others are just binned.
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06-07-2015 21:54 #7
As others have said, RTS or take to post office.
Other option is to call the charities, or shops (there's sometimes a phone number on the envelope) and tell them that person is no longer at the address. Obviously calls take time and money but it depends how desperate you are to stop the mail!
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06-07-2015 22:20 #8
I've been dealing with this for 15 months at my new place! I honestly don't know how the previous owners get through life.. I have fines enforcement, ASIC for failure to update business details and all sorts. I've spoken with Australia post and they can't stop it coming or redirect it without the addressee's initiation, so as the others have said you just have to clearly write RTS on it and it should go back to the sender (unless there's no return address).
Catalogues and things that may have reference numbers / customer IDs that have been mailing things constantly I've actually called and told them to stop, and they have!
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06-07-2015 22:50 #9
I bin the lot. if people can't be bothered getting a mail redirection put on, not my problem really.
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06-07-2015 22:55 #10
Help- receiving mail addressed to previous owner
It's illegal to throw out someone's mail...
After spending 6mths readdressing 'return to sender not at this address'
I hold onto it for month then send to the real estate agent who sold us the house, secretly hope they miss important dates because of their laziness
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