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  Reply # 586354 24-Feb-2012 16:55
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If you say you're going to do something, then you do it lest you risk breaking Wheaton's law.

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  Reply # 586356 24-Feb-2012 16:59
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I don't think it has anything to do with morals. It is the law by the looks of it. I just pop it back in the post box, return to sender, even mail sent to people who haven't lived in the house for over 15 years and are now deceased..


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  Reply # 586392 24-Feb-2012 17:53
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SteveON: "RTS - Addressee Deceased" That soon stopped the sender...

+1 on that !! 

Got fed up with continual mail, even after "RTS - No longer at this address". Addressee deceased always works, and then really screws up the original addressee when they go back to the originator :-)

Serves 'em right for not sorting out their mail in a timely fashion !!!

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  Reply # 586412 24-Feb-2012 18:45
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I'd return the mail to sender for about 3 - 6 months depending on what it is. It takes some companies that long to get their head around the address being wrong. After that, I just throw it away.


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  Reply # 586440 24-Feb-2012 20:12
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Writing return to sender on several things once a week quickly gets tiresome. Putting the whole lot in a A4 and writing not known at this address and dropping it at the post box will do the job just as well.

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  Reply # 586441 24-Feb-2012 20:18
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It depends on the company, banks are usually very good if you RTS they stop almost immediately. A certain gas company sent us mail for over a year before they stopped but the has RTS always worked for me.

Binning mail is lazy and not something I would like others to do to me...

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  Reply # 586469 24-Feb-2012 22:00
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I've found Christmas is worst. Getting wrongly addressed cards with no return address....what can you do but bin them. Especially if its 3 years down the track and you've tried dropping them off at the Post Office the last 2.
And thats stuff delivered to a P.O.Box.

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  Reply # 586480 24-Feb-2012 22:20
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I could be wrong but I don't remember a time frame being set for said law. So, theoretically speaking, I would assume that you could hold the mail indefinitely if you did have the intention of sending it back RTS at some point.

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  Reply # 586501 24-Feb-2012 23:04
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Our previous property, we were getting mail 5 yrs later for the owners before us, inc GE Finance stuff - even rung GE and said "they havent been here for years" - they obviously didnt give a hoot and kept sending letters....

We've had that, even rang a company multiple times promised to correct it, then you'd get more letters... in the end I just started binning them.

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  Reply # 586502 24-Feb-2012 23:08
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Shame on all of you who just bin it, or open it.  You go on about others being too lazy to setup re-directs, yet you are too lazy to write Return to Sender and drop it in a post box or into your work's outgoing mail?

I hardly ever go to the post office.  So to do so is quite out of my way.  I'll put up with a year tops of RTS, or being nice and forwarding it on if I know the address but really 6 months later, you should have made sure anyone who needs to know does so any mistakes corrected within the 6 months.

After that its /dev/null treatment.  After all its my time, money (cost to drive to the post office) your wasting.

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  Reply # 586525 25-Feb-2012 02:41
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stevenz: If we had a rural system where the mail got collected from the same mailbox it got delivered to, then fine - but a special trip to the post office, or at least the post box 3 blocks away after bringing the mail from home into the office, takes somewhat more than 2 seconds. The nearest post box to home is about 1.5Km away in the wrong direction.

Actually we do for rural ( and it works quite well (at least our RD driver is good about it).

When I lived in Brisbane, I just handed the previous tenants mail to the landlord to be dealt with, worked well for me.  And here, wrong address for our PO Box gets put through the slot w/ "Incorrect Address" and gets dealt with too.  If the RD driver mixes the boxes up or we get a letter for the other RD run on our road, we drop it off on our next shopping trip.

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  Reply # 586538 25-Feb-2012 08:41
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I get mail for about ten different people. Mostly looks like bills of all varieties. I have been here 10 months I think.

They get 5x more mail than me.

I break the law, and bin it.

Might go hand myself in to the police later. Or not.

Any police on here? PM me for my address, we can meet, and I will go quietly, though I would appreciate time to find a babysitter.

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  Reply # 586540 25-Feb-2012 08:45
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The previous owners moved to HB for a few months, followed by plans to live on a boat. They left an address to forward mail to them, which I did for about a couple of years. Now, after six years we still get one magazine subscription (perhaps being billed automatically to their credit card?) and a couple of mail every six months. Since the mail seems to be mostly flyers I don't bother. When it's a bank or company mail I RTS them.

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  Reply # 586550 25-Feb-2012 09:10
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1080p: A certain gas company sent us mail for over a year before they stopped

My inlaws rented a place recently, and a bill came from a 'certain gas company' of which they were not a customer. The thing is, they actually knew the previous tenant was not there because it was addressed to "The Occupier". Nice try Contact.


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  Reply # 586594 25-Feb-2012 11:08
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I move the mail to the parcel slot of the mailbox there it disapears. either blown away or stolen or whatever. I dont care.

If I didnt have flatmates I would remove the mailbox. I have a PO box and couriers come to the house.

Cant believe that the law expects me to act as an unpaid deliverman for idiots who put the wrong address forever.


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