Quick Answer: Can I Throw Away Mail Not Addressed To Me?

What do I do with mail not addressed to me?

If you’re not sure what to do with mail that isn’t yours, it’s probably easier than you think to get rid of it legally.

All you need to do is write “RETURN TO SENDER” on the front of the envelope and put it back in your mailbox.

Your postal worker will take care of it for you from there..

How do you stop mail for someone who doesn’t live here?

Using the Postal Service to Stop Mail. Write “Not at this address” 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.

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.

What to do if you keep getting someone else’s mail?

So what should you do to make that happen? First of all, don’t throw the mail away, reminds PureWow. Instead, write “not at this address: return to sender” on the envelope and cross out the bar code on the bottom to make sure the message reaches human eyes. Then put it back in the mailbox.

Can I put my neighbors mail in their mailbox?

Can I Put My Neighbor’s Mail in Their Mailbox? It’s perfectly legal and acceptable to put your neighbor’s mail in their mailbox if it’s been misdelivered. Opening your neighbor’s mail or removing mail from their mailbox however is considered a federal crime in which you can be fined and face jail time.

Can you forward a letter for free?

Under something called the inland letter post scheme, you are allowed to forward a letter free of charge within 24 hours of receiving it. … But whenever you forward a letter (and even if you do it within 24 hours) it won’t get priority. It is quite likely to take 10 days or so to reach its new destination.

Is it a crime to throw away someone’s mail?

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.

What do you do with old 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 you open mail addressed to your house?

A federal statute known as 18 USC Section 1702 makes it illegal to open correspondence addressed to someone else. However, the law cannot be applied if you did not recognize that the mail was not yours when you opened it.

What to do if someone is falsely using your address?

If someone is using your address without your permission, you can return unwanted mail to the sender, file complaints with the USPS and USPIS, or contact the police to stop the person from using your address.

How do I stop someone else’s mail from coming to my address?

Write “not at this address” or “return to sender” on all of it. Your first course of action should be to take everything out of the mailbox that’s addressed to that other person and write “return to sender” on it. Then just put it back in the mailbox.