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Temporarily posting your name on a mailbox? Address Issue

So I'm living with my wife's family right now and waiting for different mails to come in (OCPM, etc.). I forgot to put a C/O in my address which I know is a big mistake on my part. So my question is, can I write my name on a small piece of paper and tape it on OH's family mailbox? We live in an apartment BTW. Anybody had any experience with this?
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Old 18.03.2014, 13:07
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Re: Temporarily posting your name on a mailbox? Address Issue

Don't see why not, but check with the building's landlord or houseman/woman to make sure. Some places are picky about having "proper" nameplates and not nasty little stuck on pieces of paper.
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Old 18.03.2014, 13:14
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Re: Temporarily posting your name on a mailbox? Address Issue

Can't you just correct your mistake and include the "C/O" retrospectively?

In reply, however, I have seen it done a couple of times on at least two of my neighbours postboxes. I've no idea whether there were problems each time, although I assume not, otherwise the pieces of paper with the temporary name(s) would have disappeared rather quickly!

Probably best if you go and ask at your local Post Office whether this would work or not.
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Re: Temporarily posting your name on a mailbox? Address Issue

Are you registered with the Commune/Gemeinde and pay your taxes there?
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I am in the process of registering.

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I can't because I already sent my applications. OH will check with the concierge. Thanks all.
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If I interpret his name correct he is a tourist. But names are not always correct and your french is certainly better.
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can I write my name on a small piece of paper and tape it on OH's family mailbox? We live in an apartment BTW. Anybody had any experience with this?
Yes you can

My landlord does this for his apartments

The names on the mailboxes vary between properly engraved signs, printed names done by a computer, and hand-written labels stuck on with sellotape

The postman accepts them all and puts the letters in the correct mailbox.
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So I'm living with my wife's family right now and waiting for different mails to come in (OCPM, etc.). I forgot to put a C/O in my address which I know is a big mistake on my part. So my question is, can I write my name on a small piece of paper and tape it on OH's family mailbox? We live in an apartment BTW. Anybody had any experience with this?
Not usually a problem as long as you don't leave the sticker there for too long. Just explain to the concierge and maybe say you'll try to get a proper letterbox label sorted as soon as possible.
If you think you've missed a letter already go to the local post office armed with prove of your identity and ask if they've got anything in their dead post box.

@aSwissInTheUS, yes, his name means 'I am a tourist'.
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If I interpret his name correct he is a tourist. But names are not always correct and your french is certainly better.
Just got married here though so that's why he's registering as a resident now.
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Yes you can

My landlord does this for his apartments

The names on the mailboxes vary between properly engraved signs, printed names done by a computer, and hand-written labels stuck on with sellotape

The postman accepts them all and puts the letters in the correct mailbox.
I agree with FriendlyKiwi,

I've been in this situation twice. In both cases it was more about the landlord.

I've had someone stay with me short term, and sticky taped a name to the post box. The landlord knew this was short term and was cool with that.
I myself moved and had my mail diverted to the new address and 'Die post' gave me a sticker to put on the new letterbox in the mean time, so the post don't really care either.

The main thing to do would be to notify the landlord and let them know about the situation. They should be cool with this as long as it's a short term thing.
A permanent resident (or long term tenant or whatever) will have more issues I'm sure.

Some landlords hate sticky taped notes altogether, so it just depends.
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I agree with FriendlyKiwi,

I've been in this situation twice. In both cases it was more about the landlord.

I've had someone stay with me short term, and sticky taped a name to the post box. The landlord knew this was short term and was cool with that.
I myself moved and had my mail diverted to the new address and 'Die post' gave me a sticker to put on the new letterbox in the mean time, so the post don't really care either.

The main thing to do would be to notify the landlord and let them know about the situation. They should be cool with this as long as it's a short term thing.
A permanent resident (or long term tenant or whatever) will have more issues I'm sure.

Some landlords hate sticky taped notes altogether, so it just depends.
Thank you. I will just print out my name in a piece of paper and stick it on their mailbox. It is a temporary thing since we are still looking for a place to move into. Will let the concierge know too just in case.
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