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I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.
Are you saying they have separated and she has been retaining his mail?
It's not illegal in that the police will not charge her. It's not the same as opening mail that isn't addressed to your home or stealing mail. The police will say it is a civil matter.
But it's not acceptable and will make her look bad in court. As well, if he suffers damage to his credit rating or has to pay interest she is going to be liable to him for damages and he should tell her that.
And given it is his house and they are not legally married he can and likely should tell her to get out. It's not a matrimonial home when there are common law spouses.
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