To the occupier
Diary of a junk mail campaigner
There's a petition on Change.org asking Virgin Media to
demonstrate the highest level of integrity.
Virgin Media has started keeping an internal 'do not mail' list for addressed 'To the Occupier' junk mail and promises to produce less leaflets.
Corgi is one of those junk mail offenders that sends junk mail to generic addressees. Worse, its envelopes used to claim that its mailings were important information. After a complaint to the ASA at least the envelope no longer features misleading claims.
BBC Watchdog Daily is very confused about 'To the Occupier' junk mail. The presenter actually got the chief executive of the Direct Marketing Association to acknowledge that there's no way to stop such junk mail – but she didn't realise.
Dr Junk Buster
My home was previously three flats and I continue to get 4-5 letters addressed to "The Householder" for the flats. I have registered my addresses everywhere I can and opted out but there does not seem to be a remedy for the addresses that no longer exist.
Do you have any advice on ending the deluge of total annoying rubbish from virgin media? I have tried contacting them and they say they can't do anything.
Is it possible to request a sender stop sending mail under the Data Protection Act if the mail is addressed to "The Occupier"?
My local Town Council is about to get us to vote on a local issue. The ballot papers will be addressed to 'The Household'. Can you let me know if households that have stopped junk mail will still get a ballot paper?
Guide to stamping out junk mail
Junk mail with a generic addressee, such as 'To the Occupier' or 'The Householder' is one of the most nasty types of junk mail.
The Mailing Preference Service is a free service that can prevent your name is added to junk mail databases. You can also use the service to register a previous occupants' name at your current address.