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    Originally posted by oaktree View Post
    So by your reckoning I could go out and rob a bank today but as long as no one ever reports it, its not a crime???.
    you may go and rob a bank if you wish, but I would not do that myself.

    We are talking about opening letters that could stop your gas / electric for your
    next tenant.
    I say again, if you want your next tenant to have no gas and electric --
    in "some" cases, then that is your choice to put them in that situation .

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      Many thanks all for your replies. I have never parted company with a tenant in such circumstances. I have little understanding why the should withhold their new address. Except perhaps because of the house cleaning bill which will be wending its way to them soon.

      The tenant did appear to collect the mail on being told it was to be returned to sender.


        Good result for you.
        My advice is not based on formal legal training but experience gained in 20+ years in the letting industry.


          Just a thought regarding the issue here of utility companies.

          I thought the majority of these companies wanted to know the name of the Landlord so they know who to bill when the property is vacant. This being the case, the landlord should be able to contact said company to advise the tenant has left and hopefully find out if there are any problems.
          When next tenant moves in, he is told that there is a shortfall in the gas / electric and the wont supply as there are unpaid bills.
          I'm not saying this doesn't happen but I don't believe this is the norm. The shortfall is with the tenant who "did a runner" and a new tenant isn't liable.


            All utility usage and bills are connected to people not buildings.

            Unless the law has changed in recent years, AFAIK one errant/non-paying occupier of X property does stop any services from being provided to X property when a new occupier moves in (which may not be a tenant).

            This being the case, all the back and forth about people's post and what to do with it that has been talked about in this thread is of no consequence and is irrelevant.
            Natural selection is a wonderful thing
            You shall know them by their fruit
            Saying "Never say never", says it


              At the risk of inflaming the debate again (let's not) at least this thread is offering different advice/points of view with the pro's and con's.

              Surely that's one of the benefits of the forum? I certainly appreciate the debate given I am very much still learning.


                Personally, i would open the mail, contact the utility co and let them know that the person no longer lives at the address and if possible give them a forwarding address. If they want, you could then return the letter to sender.

                We are not talking about someone deliberately sabotaging someones mail here, this is a case of helping out the supplier, helping out the tenant ie giving them the opportunity to pay the bill before costs escalate (they may not be aware that they owe money) and also taking any stress away from subsequent tenants who otherwise might start receiving bailiffs letters/calls.

                Do you know that if an address is unreadable/wrong and there is no senders address on a package/envelope the Royal mail open the mail themselves?

                That's my opinion based on the fact that when i have returned to sender i find that the letters and then the bailiffs keep coming!

                Your choice.


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