Michael Rotondo refuses to move out of his parents’ house.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood ordered 30-year-old man Michael Rotondo to move out of his parents’ house in Syracuse, New York, on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Parents Mark and Christina Rotondo took legal action against their son after he ignored their eviction letters and offers of financial support.
Rotondo, who was acting as his own lawyer, argued he should be entitled to six more months at home before being evicted because he was family.
Greenwood rejected Rotondo’s suggestion as “outrageous”, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.
The parents sent five eviction letters to Rotondo between February 2 and March 30. The letters did not give reasons for the eviction, but they offered Rotondo money to assist with the move.
In one letter dated February 18, they wrote: “Michael, here is $1100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay.
“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you … Get one — you have to work!”
They signed off the letter with: “Christina and Mark Rotondo”.
A letter dated February 2 said: “You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.”
On Tuesday, Rotondo said he was still living at home. He didn’t speak to his parents, but he was still unprepared to leave.
“It is awkward,” he said.
The judge said: “I want you out of that household” and asked the parents’ lawyer, Anthony Adorante, to send Rotondo an official eviction order.
Adorante said the parents would give Rotondo a fair amount of time to vacate the property.
Rotondo will be appealing the decision.