How can I stop mail from a previous resident from being delivered to my home?

I’ve been in my house for almost 5 years now – and we STILL get mail from the previous owners! They put in a forwarding address , I’ve tried writing “return to sender” or “No longer at this address” or “Please forward” for 4 years now and it STILL comes to us!
Is there any other way to have this mail stopped? There has to be something the USPS can do to return it to the sender before it gets to me.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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3 Responses to “How can I stop mail from a previous resident from being delivered to my home?”

  1. Here's the reality said:

    Other than notifying the mail carrier, there is no other solution.

  2. bulkmailtech_usps said:

    Any First Class Mail should still be endorsed to indicate that the person is not at that address. Simply write Not Here, or Refused.

    However, if you are receiving Presorted Standard Mail, a lot of that uses an endorsement such as Current Resident. In that case, it is being delivered properly even with a different name in the address.’

    If you are receiving Presorted Standard Mail and there is another sort of endorsement, such as Change Service Requested or Address Service Requested, and it has a different name on it, again, simply write on the envelope that the named person is not at that address.

    If there are no endorsements and it does not say Current Resident in some fashion on it, then it should be treated as Waste by your Carrier. Make the carrier aware that you are not accepting the mis-named mail. Again, you can do this by writing refused on the envelope and putting it back out for pickup.

    The thing to remember is that if there are no endorsements and you refuse the item, the company sending the item will not be notified, it is waste and will be sent out to be recycled.

  3. fir3bu1k said:

    File a complaint at the USPS web site. Demand that a letter of removal be issued to the carrier.




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