I moved 3 weeks ago, and I’m still getting first-class mail for the previous tenant almost every day.
This is a royal pain because while I suppose she’d be “getting what she deserves” for not leaving a forwarding address for the post office if I just threw it out, I’d feel like a jerk. I know this woman vaguely, and she recently had a baby, so I’m sure she’s had a lot on her mind, and there’s always the fear of running into her and getting into a “you threw out my mail?!” conversation? (There’s some pretty important looking stuff, like bills and letters from doctors’ offices.) But I don’t have the time or detective skills to find out where she’s now living and personally re-address and re-mail each piece of her mail I get, especially when it may continue indefinitely since she apparently didn’t set up forwarding.
Can you return mail to the post office and basically say “this person doesn’t live here; not my problem”? If the mail were returned to the senders, at least they’d know they don’t have her correct address anymore, then they could worry about tracking her down. Is there an official USPS-sanctioned stock phrase to be written on the envelope for doing this?