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Dear PoPville – How Do I Get the Previous Tenant’s Mail to Stop Coming?

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Dear PoPville,

Two years ago, I bought a fabulous home. The previous homeowner (whom I only met once, at the closing) never bothered to request mail forwarding/change of address service from the post office, and as a result, I’m still getting his mail daily–I’m not just talking about Wine of the Month catalogs and ads, but things like his 401(k) statements, tax bills, health insurance cards, etc. I’ve tried posting a sign for the postal carrier (who seems to change every week) not to deliver this person’s mail to my box, but that has had little to no effect. I’m getting sick of writing “return to sender/not at this address/please forward” on dozens of items (for 2 years!), but I don’t believe I have the right to request forwarding someone else’s mail from USPS (and I also don’t have his forwarding address). Any advice from others who may have dealt with a similar situation?

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