Quick Answer: What Do I Do With Previous Owners Mail?

Write “Return to Sender” on the exterior of the envelope.

Then place the mail in an outgoing mailbox.

This notifies the post office and the original sender that the recipient no longer lives at that address.

Hopefully, the original sender will update the records, and you will stop receiving the mail.

Can I throw away previous tenants mail?

Yes, tossing previous tenants’ mail, withholding, or tampering with the contents within isn’t only illegal, but it’s considered a felony. Not everyone remembers or cares to alert the post office of their intentions to move. Unfortunately, the new tenants must redirect the mail from stacking up their current mailbox.

Is it illegal to throw away someone else’s mail?

Yes, there is a federal law that makes that illegal. “Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.” The question is too vague.

Does Return to sender work?

Write “Return to Sender” on the envelope or package.

If you opened the mail, or someone signed to receive the package, you’ll need to put it in a new package and pay for postage. Otherwise, the postal service should handle it free of charge, as long as you complete this within “reasonable time.”

How do I forward mail to someone who moved?

Firstly, you need to cross out the address on the envelope using a black permanent marker then write the new address, in block letters. Then write “Moved or Forward” on the envelope and put it back in your mailbox or take it down to the Post Office.