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Why would someone not redirect their post?

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Owleyes00
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edited 20 October 2021 at 12:48PM in House buying, renting & selling
I moved recently into a house that was previously rented out and we still keep getting their post.

The first week I gathered it all up and took it to the letting agent who had dealt with the house previously as i knew they had a forwarding address. They agreed to forward it on and politely let her know that she had not had her post redirected.

That was weeks ago and we still keep getting bits which I am now gathering up and putting back in the postbox although getting increasingly tempted to just chuck in the bin. 

This isn’t the first time this has happened when I have moved. A flat I rented years ago had previously been rented by a prominent MP as their constituency residence and I used to get post for them through which seemed really dodgy!

So I’m wondering…why on earth wouldn’t you arrange to have your post redirected? I would hate to think I was missing out on bills and other bits and bobs (some of the letters look important). I have always redirected my post for at least 6 months. 

Just having a rant really although if you are a non-redirector I would love to know why?!
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  • [Deleted User]
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    People won’t pay the £60 for the initial request forex then the £15 per additional person I think

  • user1977
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    How recently had the previous residents moved out? It's possible they've dealt with anything they're actually bothered about.

    Also some stuff slips through even with a redirection in place - they're only as reliable as the postie doing the deliveries.
  • Owleyes00
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    People won’t pay the £60 for the initial request forex then the £15 per additional person I think

    I find it mind boggling in the context of the cost of moving that you wouldn’t spring to an extra £60 (it’s less for three months I think) to make sure you got all your letters and weren’t a victim of fraud 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • Brie
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    Related rant....we moved into a place nearly 4 years back and I believe they had a redirect on for 6 months.  Which meant that come Christmas time we got quite a few cards addressed to them.  I took them to the EA to forward.

    Following year same thing happened although a few less.  Took them to the EA.

    Third year - still got cards.  None of them have return addresses on them.  Why on earth would someone send post out without a return address???   Given that the previous residents are of a certain age there's always the possibility they would downsize, or worse, die.  Wouldn't you want to know??  We've also received a card with someone's new address which is easier to deal with but only because I opened the envelope.  

    I can also only assume that the previous residents are also sending out cards without a return address and are probably wondering what has happened to all the friends that used to send them something each year.  

    I have no problem with the various catalogues or junk mail  - they can be binned, returned or pop something through to the company website.  It's the personal correspondence that concerns me.
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  • x_gemms_x
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    Our sellers had a redirect on for 6 months after completion. We noticed this had ended because their post started turning up here. It wasn't junk- birthday card type envelopes and a new Tesco Clubcard etc so they hadn't sorted their admin out in the 6 months. We had to message them to say their redirect was up and we had all this post for them. The wife wanted to come and collect the post (suspect she wanted to have a nose at the house as well which we promptly swerved). It's reducing but just last week we had something recorded turn up for them to forward on! 

    Seems like some people just don't think to redirect their post!
  • Owleyes00
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    Brie said:
    Related rant....we moved into a place nearly 4 years back and I believe they had a redirect on for 6 months.  Which meant that come Christmas time we got quite a few cards addressed to them.  I took them to the EA to forward.

    Following year same thing happened although a few less.  Took them to the EA.

    Third year - still got cards.  None of them have return addresses on them.  Why on earth would someone send post out without a return address???   Given that the previous residents are of a certain age there's always the possibility they would downsize, or worse, die.  Wouldn't you want to know??  We've also received a card with someone's new address which is easier to deal with but only because I opened the envelope.  

    I can also only assume that the previous residents are also sending out cards without a return address and are probably wondering what has happened to all the friends that used to send them something each year.  

    I have no problem with the various catalogues or junk mail  - they can be binned, returned or pop something through to the company website.  It's the personal correspondence that concerns me.
    The Christmas card thing is bizarre. When I move I always get mine sent out early with a little sticker with our new address on 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • Owleyes00
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    user1977 said:
    How recently had the previous residents moved out? It's possible they've dealt with anything they're actually bothered about.

    Also some stuff slips through even with a redirection in place - they're only as reliable as the postie doing the deliveries.
    It’s been about 6 weeks now. We have had post from NatWest and other things that look as though they might be to do with benefits…and an internet router! So not unimportant stuff!
  • Murphybear
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    We’ve been in our property for nearly 4 years and it was empty for a year before that.  We get a few letters/items of post addressed to at least 3 different people.  We just bin it now.  
  • bap98189
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    I don't think I would bother nowadays. Everything important is electronic. I can't remember the last time I received post that wasn't junk.
  • theartfullodger
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    Owleyes00 said:

    Why would someone not redirect their post?

    Today at 12:47PM edited Today at 12:48PM in House
    Because someone is too stupid or too mean for their own good.

    Just bin everything or shove in post box with "not known at this address"
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