Quick Answer: What Do I Do With Mail That Is Not Mine?

What do I do with previous tenants mail?

The easiest way to deal with mail from former tenants with no forwarding address is to write “Return to Sender,” “No Longer At This Address” or “Moved” on the outside of each envelope.

The post office will take note and return the mail to the sender..

Can I throw away misdelivered mail?

3 Answers. Do not throw away mail that is not addressed to you. If you receive misaddressed mail, write “Not at this address” on the envelope and put it in a mailbox, or give it to the mailperson (source: United States Postal Service – Reporting / returning misdelivered mail).

How do you stop getting previous tenants Mail USPS?

If you are receiving mail for the previous resident and do not know their address, simply return the mail piece back to the mailstream (by leaving in a Collection Box® or other mail receptacle) with the notation “Not at this address” marked on the envelope.

Is throwing away someone else’s mail illegal?

Yes. It is a federal crime to open or destroy mail that is not intended for you. The law provides that you can not “destroy, hide, open, or embezzle” mail that is not addressed to you. If you intentionally open or destroy someone else’s mail, you are committing obstruction of correspondence, which is a felony.

Do I legally have to forward mail?

If the mail is delivered to the wrong address It is not illegal to open someone’s mailbox (as long as it’s not locked), and it’s not illegal to personally forward mail to the correct address as long as the mail has proper postage.

Can I open old tenants mail?

NO IT ISN’T. It is possibly illegal interfere with the delivery of mail – so to open mail that isn’t addressed to your address (ie if the next door neighbour’s post has come through your door)…but once it has been delivered to the correct address then it is no longer part of the mail system.