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What is the law regarding mail (letter) posted through your door but not yours....help please :)

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As above. Rep for help :) As above. Neighbour says his mail got posted through our door. If it is not in our names (e.g. people who might have lived in our address before us etc usually… Read More
Marina Avatar
7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
As above.

Rep for help :)




As above.

Neighbour says his mail got posted through our door. If it is not in our names (e.g. people who might have lived in our address before us etc usually junk mail by the looks of it) we bin them. That's what the guy who sold the house asked us to do when we used to contact him to pass his mail. Thats what I told the neighbour, obv he's not happy.


He was saying that we should have put "Person not in this address" and put it in post box. Is that true?


I don't remember seeing his mail, i don't know his name.


Am I going to court soon :)
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Well, what exactly do you mean? If it's not addressed to you, it's not yours, even if it's posted through your door. It belongs to the person whose name is on it.
1 Like #2
Not sure there is 1..................I would just write "Not Known at this address," and fire it back in the postbox. If they send again, bin it.

renagade27
#3
When that happens to me I usually go and put it through their door (if it is not far away).
suspended#4
Do the right thing ;-)
#5
open it up,what is it? :-D
1 Like #6
my postie was on holiday last week Marina and I got my next door neighbours post. Easy for me to rectify as just popped through their letter box - but I never got any mail back from them which made me a bit suspicious as I get mail most days.

If they are not near u then just pop back into a mail box
#7
is it something good ;-)
#8
tinkerbell28
I do believe it's an offence to open mail not addressed to you, so I would return to sender or are you talking unscolicited goods.


I think it's an offence if it's got the Queens Head Stamp on it. So if it's franked, you can open it! No that I would. If it's nearby shove it through, but once I kept getting ALL the mail for anothe raddress for AGES, so strike through the address, stick it back in the box, eventually the postie will get the idea.
#9
opening it is an offence-actually quite a serious one-tampering with her majestys mail or something-just pop it in a postbox/drop it through door if they live close or give to postie.
#10
bossyboots
my postie was on holiday last week Marina and I got my next door neighbours post. Easy for me to rectify as just popped through their letter box - but I never got any mail back from them which made me a bit suspicious as I get mail most days.

If they are not near u then just pop back into a mail box


omg we had a postie used to give us every avenue with a c as ours begins with a c.....so same number every avenue with c on his round:?

i used to take them and deliver but never got any myself....so yep am sure people opened or binned my mail....i lost some vouchers but couldnt prove it..
#11
just say no

don't do it

return to original owners
:p
#12
not addressed to your name or to your address?

If its your address but to a previous owner etc write on it " no longer at this address, return to sender " and stick it back into the letterbox xx

If its been put into the wrong address either be a good samaritan and post it in the right address for that person or hand it in to your local sorting office or to your postie xxx
#13
[SIZE=6]OP edited, sorry[/SIZE]
#14
Charlie Scene;7142855
open it up,what is it? :-D


It is the latest XBOX game, do you want it? :p
#15
If I knew who it belonged to I would take it to them, if not then I would write "Not known at this address" and stick back in the postbox.

If we continue getting mail from the same place we usually contact the company and tell them (since they are obviously ignoring the returned mail!)
banned#16
have a good look and then burn it no evidence that way
#17
toshapetriji;7142982
have a good look and then burn it no evidence that way


:lol:
#18
kelly_o_fanatic;7142972
If I knew who it belonged to I would take it to them, if not then I would write "Not known at this address" and stick back in the postbox.

If we continue getting mail from the same place we usually contact the company and tell them (since they are obviously ignoring the returned mail!)


We get lots of such "junk" mail, do we need to do this each time?
#19
if it was your neighbour you coulda just popped the mail over to him xxx

did you deny it when he asked?... lol
#20
Marina
It is the latest XBOX game, do you want it? :p


I would just keep it/sell it...let the buyer claim from whoever he bought it from,or if its not of any value bin it
#21
You can't open or dispose of someone elses post, if you receive someone else mail it must be marked either not known at this address or if you do know the address it should be marked saying no longer lives here try ......
#22
Marina
We get lots of such "junk" mail, do we need to do this each time?


junk mail is mail with no address on at all... flyers and such like, menus etc x
#23
Marina
We get lots of such "junk" mail, do we need to do this each time?


Yes really you should be if the same post keeps arriving you could put it in an envelope and send it back to the company (if their address is on the back explaining that they no longer live there. But the proper way is to forward the mail on and then maybe you could write a letter to the company yourself explaining the situation
#24
ClarityofMind;7143052
junk mail is mail with no address on at all... flyers and such like, menus etc x

With our address but someone else's name?
#25
Jumpingphil
I think she was joking when she said that.:thumbsup:


I know....I would still have a gander at it though:)
#26
I open all my mail and often don't see if it's not addressed to me as I'm the only one living here. I expect royal mail to get their job right and deliver my mail correctly!
If it looks like junk I bin it...if it looks important I mark "return to sender, addressee unknown"
I've had mail from debt collection agencys before and quite frankly it's a good job I open those ones...why should I be persued for someone elses debt!
#27
Marina
With our address but someone else's name?


be very wary of that it can be a scam... people can use others addresses fraudulently xx

I wouldn't have forwarded that to him, I'd have binned it too xxx

He shouldn't be using your adress in fact he should be apologising to you for troubling you with the matter and contacting whoever it was who sent him that mail to your address to have the right address put on his paperwork xx
#28
Jumpingphil;7143043
I'd like to know how this neighbour knows where his mail went.:?
And also, when did he know this.:?


He's got a picture of our house in his hand :w00t: He says some company/office sent him a picture of our house, it can't be true, can it? :?
#29
I hate to say it but its quite sad you dont know your neighbours name. Sign of the times i guess. I would always hand it either to the neighbour or to the postman with not known at this address unless it was obviously junk mail in which case i would bin it.
#30
Marina
He's got a picture of our house in his hand :w00t: He says some company/office sent him a picture of our house, it can't be true, can it? :?


He sounds suspect babe xxx
#31
tinkerbell28;7143077
I know it could be similar to what happened to me a few years ago, apparently I had a cheque through for £14000 from an insurance payout, I binned it as I always do we had a lot of mail from previous occupants, it never looked anything important and was regular mail, looked junky tbh.

I only knew has he knocked the door a week later as the company had my address for him on file the digits around the wrong way :lol: I wouldn't worry op.


Shall I not worry then, thanks :)
#32
ClarityofMind
be very wary of that it can be a scam... people can use others addresses fraudulently xx

I wouldn't have forwarded that to him, I'd have binned it too xxx

He shouldn't be using your adress in fact he should be apologising to you for troubling you with the matter and contacting whoever it was who sent him that mail to your address to have the right address put on his paperwork xx


I've had a letter sent to this address with my surname but a different first name before....pretty glad I opened that one too as it seemed like someone was trying to set up an account at this address...
#33
Marina tell him he needs to contact whoever sent him the mail and to inform them of the correct address, they can resend to the corre ct address whatever he has "lost" xxx

Dont let him scam you xx
#34
bellabonkers
I've had a letter sent to this address with my surname but a different first name before....pretty glad I opened that one too as it seemed like someone was trying to set up an account at this address...


precisely xx

conmen everywhere xx
#35
ClarityofMind;7143135
He sounds suspect babe xxx


Doesn't he? I asked him why would they take a picture of our house, he said cos it is an important mail. :?

Think something is wrong with him:?
#36
Marina
Doesn't he? I asked him why would they take a picture of our house, he said cos it is an important mail. :?

Think something is wrong with him:?


I'd ignore him.
He does sound weird.
#37
ClarityofMind;7143165
Marina tell him he needs to contact whoever sent him the mail and to inform them of the correct address, they can resend to the corre ct address whatever he has "lost" xxx

Dont let him scam you xx



He's saying they were original birth cerificate and passports, all originals and the company/office refused to send it by recorded. :?

He seems to be quite angry too :oops:
#38
Marina
He's got a picture of our house in his hand :w00t: He says some company/office sent him a picture of our house, it can't be true, can it? :?


that is the one of the most stupid things I've ever heard, your neighbour is a loon

think about it, his mail 'apparently' was delivered to your house by a 'company' who took a picture (WTF!) and then SENT THE PICTURE TO THE CORRECT HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#39
Marina
Doesn't he? I asked him why would they take a picture of our house, he said cos it is an important mail. :?

Think something is wrong with him:?


I think he needs to go away :) xxxx
#40
taken from Consumer Focus's website http://www.consumerfocus.org.uk/:

Under the Postal Services Act 2000, a person commits an offence if they open an item of post which they know or reasonably suspect has been correctly delivered to the address - but addressed to a previous occupant. Royal Mail are obliged to deliver the post as addressed and advise that the only way to stop a mailing is at source.

If a consumer receives mail addressed to a previous occupant the consumer should score through the address with a pen and write on the front of the envelope NOT KNOWN AT THIS ADDRESS RETURN TO SENDER. The mail should be placed back into a post box - free of charge. If there is no return address visible, Royal Mail have a returned letter centre in Belfast where they are allowed to open the mail and repatriate with the sender. The relevant database should then be amended and the mailings stop. If no suitable recipient can be established the item will be destroyed.

Link to above text - http://www.consumerfocus.org.uk/post-information/your-post-questions

Hope that helps...

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