I live in a downstairs apartment. The neighbors upstairs are buddies with the landlord and are the only ones with a key to our mail box. Also, the neighbor upstairs plans to own the duplex by rent to own agreement. I don't believe him because the house, electric, phone, trash pickup, are all still in the landlords name. Is it legal to have the neighbors collecting my mail? Do I have the right to my own mailbox?
The owner duties in the Utah Fit Premises Act don't address mailboxes. Does your lease guarantee an individual mailbox? If not, your best bet might be to claim the mailbox abuse is interfering with your quiet enjoyment of the property.
The previous answer is correct. I'm unaware of any provision of the law that allows tenants and sub-tenants to have their own mailbox. There might be a municipal zoning code which restricts how many unrelated people can live in a home, but these codes are usually silent on mailboxes. Instead they put restrictions on ancillary apartments with second kitchens, density of use, so on. Good luck. You are entitled to your mail, even if it comes in the same mailbox as your co-tenants. See about putting something in your lease next time around.
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