I accidentally opened a piece of mail that was addressed to the former owner of my house. Due to the nature of the mail I feel I should make sure it gets to either the addressee or the sender (a person, not a company I can easily call up). But how should I do that when I've obviously opened it?
I got back from a work trip and was working through a pile of mail when I realized that the letter I had opened was not for me, but rather for the former owner of my house, who sold us the place last year. The envelope contained an estimate from an auto repair shop and a handwritten letter requesting payment. I feel like I should make sure it gets back to someone rather than just pitching it in the trash.
So I'm torn over how to handle this. One idea we had was to send it to the former owner with a note saying "stop using our address, please" since if this was a recent accident then he obviously gave out our address at the time, or never updated his license. However, he didn't give me his address, so is it creepy for me to track him down like this? Also, how do I explain how the envelope came to be opened?
The other option we came up with is to send it back to the sender, but again, how would we explain the open envelope?
I have read the many threads on how to stop getting mail for people
, and the implications of opening someone else's mail
. This question is more than that - how should I handle this specific situation?