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Old 11-03-2009, 08:22 PM
 
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I recently bought a house built in 2005 and sold originally for $217,000 at a short sale of $135,000 and have been residing in it for 1 1/2 months now.

The problem I have is that for some reason the old homeowner's have not decided to redirect their mail to their new house. The next door neighbor has volunteered to accept their mail as they were very good neighbors and friends to them. However, they get SO MUCH mail I feel bad dumping them a box full of mail every Sunday inside their mailbox.

What should I do?

- Continue deliverying their mail to the neighbor?

- I go to the Post Office and have them do a cease on recieving their mail?

- Throw their mail away as if it was important to them they would have redirected it 1 1/2 months ago?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

Robert
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I recently bought a house built in 2005 and sold originally for $217,000 at a short sale of $135,000 and have been residing in it for 1 1/2 months now.

The problem I have is that for some reason the old homeowner's have not decided to redirect their mail to their new house. The next door neighbor has volunteered to accept their mail as they were very good neighbors and friends to them. However, they get SO MUCH mail I feel bad dumping them a box full of mail every Sunday inside their mailbox.

What should I do?

- Continue deliverying their mail to the neighbor?

- I go to the Post Office and have them do a cease on recieving their mail?

- Throw their mail away as if it was important to them they would have redirected it 1 1/2 months ago?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

Robert
I would bundle it up and put it in your mail box with a note to the postal service saying: MOVED WITH NO FORWARDING ADDRESS. Really, I would not give it to the neighbor... there is no telling what kind of liability you could find yourself in. Let the post office deal with it.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Exactly correct. It's the job of the mail carrier. Giving it to the neighbor is not only illegal for them, but for you. I deal with this everyday on my mail route. People move and don't put in a forwarding address. It's possible the mail carrier doesn't even know they moved.

BTW, if any of the old residents mail has "current resident" on it (such as a JC Penney catalog), don't put that back in the box. Just keep it.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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The previous poster is right on. You need to put write "Not at this address" and place it in your mailbox along with a note to the mail carrier. Giving that mail to the neighbors is a bad idea! It is tampering with mail. If the above advice does not work, you need to go to the post office and let them know, in person.....along with the next batch of mail, that these people do not live at your address any longer. Let them know that you have already notified the mail carrier of this. Good luck.
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: In the stix
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I had the same problem and told my mail carrier and he hasn't delivered one piece of their mail since.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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Sounds like you all have some good mail carriers! I put in a forwarding order three times, and still had to call the postmaster at my old office TWICE to get my mail forwarded. In my case, I moved and wasn't getting mail, the new owners were yelling at me about it, and I could NOT get them to start forwarding my mail. It was really annoying. And I loved my old post office before that (the guys at the counter were AWSOME! There was this one who was always making everyone laugh.)
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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Definitely don't give it to your neigbor.

Mark them "Return to Sender - Moved with No Forwarding Address"

Because the sender will pay return postage on each piece of mail, they will mark their files and quit sending to you.

You want to be sure that credit reporting agencies know that they are no longer residing at your address. Mistakes on credit reports can come from addresses.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Sounds like you all have some good mail carriers! I put in a forwarding order three times, and still had to call the postmaster at my old office TWICE to get my mail forwarded. In my case, I moved and wasn't getting mail, the new owners were yelling at me about it, and I could NOT get them to start forwarding my mail. It was really annoying. And I loved my old post office before that (the guys at the counter were AWSOME! There was this one who was always making everyone laugh.)
That's so sad to hear. Unfortunately, errors do occur and you can end up paying a big price for someone else's mistakes.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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I still get bills for the people who lived here 20 years ago (go figure on that, yes 20 years) - I toss it back in the mailbox with MLNF in bright red. I don't care if it's returned or forwarded. Not my job, man.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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- Continue deliverying their mail to the neighbor?

- I go to the Post Office and have them do a cease on recieving their mail?

- Throw their mail away as if it was important to them they would have redirected it 1 1/2 months ago?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

Robert
Aren't these options illegal since it's tampering with mail? I agree with everybody else, let the PO deal with it. It might be inconvenient, but don't get caught doing something illegal...

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I still get bills for the people who lived here 20 years ago (go figure on that, yes 20 years) - I toss it back in the mailbox with MLNF in bright red. I don't care if it's returned or forwarded. Not my job, man.
I've never seen MLNF - what's that stand for?
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