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To expect the previous tenants to have sorted their post by now?

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BlueRaptor Mon 04-Apr-16 11:55:57

DP and I have been living in our flat since the beginning of September last year, so 7 months now. It's a rented property and the previous tenants have quite literally moved next door (The block of flats next to ours) When we first moved in we got a lot of post for them which we expected, and were fine with. I also got a few parcels and deliveries for them which I kept and contacted the landlord to let them know. The lady came round and collected her things, very polite.

Continued to get things - including important hospital referrals for their DC, and lots of other letters.

I didn't mind to begin with, but this woman is buzzing our flat once a week to collect her mail and asked us to keep an eye out for an 'important' letter about their business that would be coming here.

AIBU to be a little fed up of this? Had they not moved next door surely this would not be normal? I know it's a very minor thing but just a bit odd!

aginghippy Mon 04-Apr-16 12:00:07

YANBU at all.

Next time she comes round to collect her mail, tell her that you don't want to keep her post for her any more. If there are parcels for her, just refuse to accept them. You are not obliged to do it.

However, be prepared for the fact that she may think YABU and behave accordingly.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Mon 04-Apr-16 12:01:08

I'd be very pissed off and would just be putting them back in the post as not known at this address. We still get post for the previous owners (after 8 years FFS!) so after the first year it started going in the bin - not my problem if they can't be bothered to sort out forwarding!

In your case I would probably let her know that you're not prepared to do it any more and suggest she has her mail forwarded otherwise it's going back in the post box. If things are that important she shouldn't be relying on other people!

Stillunexpected Mon 04-Apr-16 12:06:43

I would tell them that unless they sort out a redirect (not sure if that is even possible after they have been gone so long) within the next seven days or immediately inform all their suppliers, hospital etc of their new address that you will be putting everything back in the post marked as "moved - no forwarding address". At this stage, that's just sheer laziness and they have a cheek asking you to look out for important mail!

magicstar1 Mon 04-Apr-16 12:09:38

We bought our house a year ago, with the vendor moving to the next road. We're still getting his post...including road toll fines every day! I dropped some into him with a note to update his address, and for the past six months I just bundle everything up and send back with "No longer at this address". It's up to them to sort out their post, not you.

camelfinger Mon 04-Apr-16 12:12:57

Perhaps you could get them a leaflet explaining the redirection service? It is their problem. We've been in our house 8 years and still get mail for the previous owners. I think they get more Christmas cards than we do!

BlueRaptor Mon 04-Apr-16 12:56:26

Glad to know I'm not being U! DP doesn't seem bothered by it and doesn't understand why it bothers me. I think I'll just say to her next time that we can't keep doing this and she'll have to sort it out! Let's see how that one goes..

I still occasionally get mail for the previous owners of our house. We have lived here for 7 years. I put it back in the post, marked 'Not Known At This Address' - and I have no compunction about doing so.

Sandalwearingdoglady Mon 04-Apr-16 13:10:58

She's clearly got no intention of changing her address and I'd be wondering why. Surely it can't just be laziness? Just tell her this is the last time. You're not her secretary and you don't owe her anything.

WhereYouLeftIt Mon 04-Apr-16 13:27:49

She buzzes you weekly? She has no intention of changing her address.

You are not her secretary. Next time she buzzes, tell her it's high time she got this dealt with and as of [a date no more than a fortnight away] you will be returning all mail 'No longer at this address' and refusing to take in parcels.

And I would wonder why she's reluctant to let people know her real address.

MummaV Mon 04-Apr-16 13:29:23

We've been here a year and a half and still get post for the previous tenant. She left no forwarding address, I sent her a message on facebook after receiving hospital and school letters for her DC but she ignored it and still hasn't changed her address. I know she left here on really bad terms and in a lot of debt so I'm assuming she's sherking responsibility and hiding.

Witchend Mon 04-Apr-16 13:37:22

We still get post for ours 7 years ago.

PageStillNotFound404 Mon 04-Apr-16 13:44:52

YANBU. We're still getting post for the tenant-before-last who apparently moved out about four years ago. We don't have a forwarding address for her so it's back in the post with "Not Known at This Address", I'm afraid.

We moved comparatively recently and had redirection for six months. In that time we changed all the important stuff but there's bound to be the odd trivial-but-addressed-personally thing that slips through that can't necessarily be predicted - "we've missed you, come back to us" mailshots from companies with which we previously had subscriptions, that sort of thing. I expect a certain amount of dealing with previous occupants' mail in every house move, but it shouldn't go on excessively or clearly be stuff that's important (e.g. where the sender is someone like DVLA/HMRC/utility company/TV Licensing or similar).

Oooblimey Mon 04-Apr-16 14:28:37

Junk mail is to be expected, just bin it. Important stuff I'd have a word about. If they've still got stuff in your address could that not potentially effect your credit score? I don't know but I wouldn't be happy. I'd have a word when you hand over the next bundle and tell her that any future will be sent back to post office or binned.

PageStillNotFound404 Mon 04-Apr-16 14:30:22

If they've still got stuff in your address could that not potentially effect your credit score?

No, credit checks are carried out on the person not the address.

cozietoesie Mon 04-Apr-16 14:32:06

I think I'd be keeping a weather eye on my credit file nonetheless, Page. That's just good practice in any case.

PageStillNotFound404 Mon 04-Apr-16 14:41:51

That's fair enough cozie but if all someone has is your address, they cannot affect your credit rating no matter how many bad debts they rack up. They can only do that if they have your other personal details (identity theft, essentially) and take out credit either solely in your name or jointly using you and your personal details as the second applicant.

cozietoesie Mon 04-Apr-16 15:40:38

I know - but who knowingly has 'an important letter about their business' coming to their old address after some 7 months? I'd be keeping a close eye on everything connected with eg finance/mail/internet even though the woman might indeed be very polite.

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