Mail Tips For Renters

Moving can be an exciting change, but it also brings a laundry list of things to do, including remembering to update your mailing address with the post office.

Here are some tips on how to prevent any mail issues when transitioning to a new home:

1) Make sure you fill out a change of address form with the post office, so they know to forward all your mail to your new address. 

2) Keep track of any subscriptions you have and make sure to update your address with them.  It may be good to sit down and go through all monthly bills and update each membership/account you pay for so any future statements or packages they may automatically send you come to the correct address.

3) Be sure to give your new address out to family and friends who may send you any mail or packages. 

4) When ordering anything online, be cognizant of what address it will ship to.  Some memberships, such as Amazon Prime, have a default address that will need to be reset prior to clicking the checkout button.

When moving into a new home, the post office is going to be your best bet for any questions regarding the mail.  Any inquiries on which mailbox is yours (if you have a mailbox cluster in your community) or rekeying mailbox locks are all responsibilities of the post office, and usually, the property management company or owner of the property will not be able to help with those types of questions.  In addition, for liability reasons, landlords cannot get involved with intercepting mail that was delivered to a tenant’s previous address by mistake.  If you discover that mail you were expecting was delivered to the wrong address, we recommend contacting the delivering service (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) to attempt to retrieve the package or mail.

By thinking ahead and taking some of these precautions, you may avoid the headache later of having to track down lost packages and important documents from the mail service!

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