Can I throw away previous tenants mail?
Yes, tossing previous tenants‘ mail, withholding, or tampering with the contents within isn’t only illegal, but it’s considered a felony. Not everyone remembers or cares to alert the post office of their intentions to move. Unfortunately, the new tenants must redirect the mail from stacking up their current mailbox.
Is it illegal to throw away someone else’s mail?
In the United States, throwing away someone else’s mail is considered a felony. As with all federal crimes, there are serious penalties – including a fine of up to $USD 250,000 ($AUD 363,900) and/or a jail sentence of up to three years for each act of tampering. You could also be charged separately by the state.
Can I put my neighbors mail in their mailbox?
Can I Put My Neighbor’s Mail in Their Mailbox? It’s perfectly legal and acceptable to put your neighbor’s mail in their mailbox if it’s been misdelivered. Opening your neighbor’s mail or removing mail from their mailbox however is considered a federal crime in which you can be fined and face jail time.
What to do with mail that is not for you?
If you‘re not sure what to do with mail that isn’t yours, it’s probably easier than you think to get rid of it legally. All you need to do is write “RETURN TO SENDER” on the front of the envelope and put it back in your mailbox. Your postal worker will take care of it for you from there.
Is it illegal to open a package sent to your address?
“Most people understand that it’s illegal to open mail that’s not addressed to them. Intentionally opening, intercepting or hiding someone else’s mail is the felony crime of mail theft. It comes with some heavyweight penalties, including five years’ incarceration in a federal prison.”
Is it illegal to open your child’s mail?
The short answer is Yes. Technically speaking, opening mail addressed to your child is illegal at any age. Granted as a child, they are not likely to point that out but, as an adult, unless you have power of attorney and/or the adult child is in another way unavailable, it is a chargeable offense.
How do I stop the wrong mail coming to my house?
Write “Not at this address” on the exterior of the envelope.
Then place the mail in an outgoing mailbox. This notifies the post office and the original sender that the recipient no longer lives at that address. Hopefully, the original sender will update the records, and you will stop receiving the mail.
Is giving a false address a crime?
Address fraud is a type of fraud in which the perpetrator uses an inaccurate or fictitious address to steal money or other benefit, or to hide from authorities. The crime may involve stating one’s address as a place where s/he never lived, or continuing to use a previous address where one no longer lives as one’s own.