A judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’s home after they sued him when he refused to leave.
Michael Rotondo was told he had to move out of the family home in Camillus, near Syracuse, New York, after he argued he should be allowed to stay for another six months.
Mr Rotondo, who was representing himself in court, was told by Supreme Court justice Donald Greenwood that his demand was ‘outrageous’ – and served him an eviction order.
Court documents say Mr Rotondo did not pay rent or help with chores, and has ignored his parents’ offers of money to get him settled.
Christina and Mark Rotondo made the decision to sue their son – who moved back in with them eight years ago – after he ignored repeated formal letters they wrote asking he move out.
In one letter from 2 February, they wrote: ‘Michael, after a discussion with your mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately.
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‘You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.’
They sent another not long after that read: ‘Michael Joseph Rontodo, you are hereby evicted.’
In one note sent on 18 February, they wrote: ‘There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one – you have to work!’
Mr Rotondo had argued that there was a ‘common law requirement of six-month notice to quit’ before a tenant could be ‘removed through ejectment action’.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Rotondo told WSTM: ‘I just wanted a reasonable amount of time to vacate, with consideration to the fact that I was not really prepared to support myself at the time of the notices.’