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Sep. 6th, 2010 | 11:14 am
mood: annoyedannoyed

Sick of getting yet more snail-mail spam from bloody estate agents, addressed to "the occupier" or "the homeowner" or just nobody, I thought I'd look up how I could at least attempt to have this blocked.

You'd think perhaps that the Mailing Preference Service would be able to help. You can ask that you don't receive junk mail from those companies that are their members, but only mail specifically addressed to a surname and address.
Member organisations of the MPS undertake to remove from their mailing list the addresses of those people who indicate that they want this done. However, the MPS is not designed to stop unaddressed items of mail, direct mail delivered to the door or the delivery of free newspapers; and mail addressed to ‘Occupant’, ‘Resident’ or ‘Homeowner’ is not covered under this scheme.
All right. A bit further down the page it says you can opt out of "unaddressed or door-to-door" mail by contacting the Post Office. But:
If you want to stop receiving unaddressed mail delivered by Royal Mail to your home you can do so by contacting Royal Mail at the address below. However, the opt out service only relates to unaddressed mail. Royal Mail is still legally obliged to deliver all addressed mail, which includes mail that is addressed “To the Occupier” (or with any other generic recipient information), as well as mail that is personally addressed to you by name.
Is there any advice as to how you can stop receiving direct marketing mail with generic recipient information? Is there buggery. Which presumably is why estate agents use this method all the time. The bastards.

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She came from Planet Claire

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from: casu_consulto
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
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I agree, that is dumb. Over here, it's part of Australia Post's advertising shtick is that advertising pumped through them can be delivered even to letterboxes marked "No Junk Mail" or "Aust Post Only". No, sorry, that is not a good thing!

If you're feeling punchy, you can write angry letters to the particular real estate agents and ask that they take your address off their list...but I have decided to do this about 1000 times and never done it.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
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I was thinking of doing that this morning but the little so and sos don't even put their address on the leaflet. I might actually write a letter to their head office instead now.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
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Well I did write them a letter anyway. By hand. It will be interesting to see if they respond.

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from: ext_249420
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
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can't easily be done without changing a requirement for a legally registered occupier. (I don't think the electoral register is suitable for this purpose) you are the occupier at the moment. but are you going to remember to cancel your cancellation when you move out?

I just drop them straight in the recycling. no big deal

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
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You could say the same about unaddressed mail, though, which you *can* block. That's no more or less personal than junk mail simply sent to all listed addresses in the area, and there's no requirement to cancel your cancellation there.

The Post Office having a statutory duty to deliver all properly addressed mail, I can understand, that makes sense, but the MPS' position just seems like a sellout to allow companies to continue to send junk mail. I'd be quite happy to have a system which you had to renew on a rolling basis, say yearly or even six monthly, but this one is no use at all.

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Spam

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
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How come I suddenly got the "this site may have adult content are you over 14" rubric. Is it dirty estate agents?
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from: fridgemagnet
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Because I changed a setting to say that there were "adult themes" here, but if it's going to annoy people I'll just change it back.

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 6th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
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It's a bugger because notification of inclusion electoral roll, etc also comes addressed to "the occupier" - no spam email no vote.

I'm sure David Cameron has a fix for this.

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