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    • mufi
    • By mufi 12th Oct 18, 8:08 PM
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    Post Forwarding
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    • 12th Oct 18, 8:08 PM
    Post Forwarding 12th Oct 18 at 8:08 PM
    Simple question really, but Google is not helping. I get the odd bit of post for the (long ago) previous owner of my house which I'm quite happy to forward by crossing through the address, writing in the new one, and shoving it into a post box.

    However, a friend has suggested that the PO no longer offer this FOC service. Is that correct?
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    • dimbo61
    • By dimbo61 12th Oct 18, 8:13 PM
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    Why would the Post office provide a free forwarding service.
    Just put return to sender and stick back in the post box
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 12th Oct 18, 8:39 PM
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    As far as I'm aware they do, but what does it matter? Either they deliver it free of charge to the new addresss, or they deliver it to the new address and ask for the excess postage.
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 13th Oct 18, 10:32 AM
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    There is some official advice - although it doesn't answer your question, I would follow it.

    https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5156/~/ive-received-someone-elses-mail
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 13th Oct 18, 10:36 AM
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    There is some official advice - although it doesn't answer your question, I would follow it.

    https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5156/~/ive-received-someone-elses-mail
    Originally posted by robatwork
    Returning to sender seems rather unhelpful if you know where the recipient is. Though given the OP refers to the "long ago" owner, I wonder if they know that the forwarding address is still correct?
    • mufi
    • By mufi 13th Oct 18, 11:59 AM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 11:59 AM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 11:59 AM
    Why would the Post office provide a free forwarding service.
    Originally posted by dimbo61
    I'm afraid I can't answer your question, but this has been in place for as long as I can remember.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 13th Oct 18, 12:08 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 12:08 PM
    Simple question really, but Google is not helping. I get the odd bit of post for the (long ago) previous owner of my house which I'm quite happy to forward by crossing through the address, writing in the new one, and shoving it into a post box.
    Originally posted by mufi
    I sent on things that arrived in the months after we moved in; after that, I returned to sender.
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 13th Oct 18, 12:16 PM
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    However, a friend has suggested that the PO no longer offer this FOC service. Is that correct?
    Originally posted by mufi
    Nope. Royal Mail will still forward unopened letters to any UK address. Stick a label over the old address and pen the new one in. Make sure the recipient's name is still showing.

    Only post that is being forwarded overseas, to a different person, or has been opened needs a stamp on it.

    I regularly forward stacks of letters on to my Sis, and neither of us have had to pay for the privilege.
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    • mufi
    • By mufi 13th Oct 18, 2:16 PM
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    Very many thanks, FreeBear. You have answered my question.
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