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    HI, with HMOs there is invariably a turnover of tenants over time. I remind tenants who are leaving to sort out their post redirects and change their address, but there are some who just don't seem to get round to it. I have reminded them but still, some seem to forget. The post then can pile up at a property for previous tenants which is frustrating.

    Do others just shred them or recycle the letters or return to sender? I have found that return to sender doesn't tend to work for some companies!

    Thanks.

    #2
    Bin it or return to sender, not known.

    But, especially for any tenants who owe rent, it's amazing what low quality glue is used these days and how many envelopes "fall open" providing interesting info such as NI numbers, tax references, bank account details, employer name etc etc etc..

    Shame eh?
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      Hmm- I hadn't thought of that information. What could be done with that information when trying to recover outstanding rent?

      Would you write to an employer for example?

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        #4
        You can't legally open the post and you can't, therefore, use the information contained therein.
        People do it all the time, however, and bad things don't happen to them.

        Writing to employers is usually a bad idea in itself.
        Unless the tenant gave you that address to contact them, they'll just claim never to have received it.
        And if you write to the employer you might get into issues - if you libel them or cause them to lose their job, for example.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          jpkeates,

          Yes- I would agree with that. Wouldn't feel comfortable opening the post which was my reason for posting the question as to how you stop it from coming. I guess tricky so they correct thing to do would be to shred it.

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            #6
            ..or keep returning to sender and buying a stamp to save on writing it multiple times!

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              #7
              You just write "return to sender not known at this address" and put it in a post box.
              No stamp needed.
              Goes to a special royal mail office in Belfast and is returned.

              I have a few pages of stickers that I use to cover the address because sometimes the automated scanning system just resends it.
              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                #8
                If you shred it, the sender assumes the address is good and carries on using it.
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  Thanks- good idea.

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                    #10
                    However iin my experience the post has occasionally fallen open to reveal debt collectors letters etc for previous tenants. It is then better to contact the company involved and explain the situation rather than have them bother new tenants at the address. If they do not owe me anything I will happily pass on their new whereabouts if I know it! If they do then I get first dibs....
                    Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                      You just write "return to sender not known at this address" and put it in a post box.
                      No stamp needed.
                      I think they meant rubber stamp (or John Bull printing outfit), not postage stamp.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by leaseholder64 View Post
                        I think they meant rubber stamp (or John Bull printing outfit), not postage stamp.
                        That does make more sense!
                        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                          #13
                          Isn't it technically an offence to _not_ put it in postbox with return to sender on?

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                            #14
                            I tend to forward letters for nicer tenants, but I found they never received them. Does the Royal Mail stop forwarding letters?

                            Some companies will keep sending letters, even though they have been returned over several years. Eventually it dies down.

                            It is a good idea to return mail asap, as some dishonest tenants, will order goods via mail order companies (e.g. very.co.uk), them delivered to a parcelshop and in some cases, loans have been taken out.

                            I tell my new tenants not to hand over post, to ex-tenants who turns up at the door.

                            I also have a rubber stamp, with Return to Sender! :-)

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                              #15
                              Ditto, always "Return to Sender, not known at this address, please remove from mailing list".

                              Most stuff stops coming. After about 3 months, the stuff that keeps coming goes into the bin, it is obviously not that important and will be just marketing. Most likely from Virgin Media!!!

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