Judge sides with parents trying to evict their 30-year-old son
Get out! Judge sides with parents trying to evict their unemployed millennial 30-year-old son from their family home after he refused to pay rent or do chores
- New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood ordered Michael Rotondo, 30, to move out of his parents’ Camillus home on Tuesday
- Christina and Mark Rotondo have been trying to evict their only son for months
- They wrote him five written notices, when he failed to pay rent or contribute in the household, but he refused to move
- Michael claimed his parents had not given him enough time to move out, despite their multiple notices and offers of money to help him get a new place
- He is unemployed and is locked in a legal battle with Best Buy who he says fired him for not being able to work Saturdays
A New York judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ home – after the couple tried and failed for months to get their deadbeat son to fly the coop.
At a Tuesday hearing, which lasted about 30 minutes, New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood sided with Mark and Christina Rotondo of Camillus, New York.
The couple have been trying to evict their unemployed only-son Michael for months because he refuses to pay rent or contribute in any way around the house.
Michael argued in court on Tuesday that legal precedent allowed him six months notice before his parents could kick him out. The judge pointed out another case that nullified that previous decision, and called six months an ‘outrageous’ amount of time to ask for. Michael responded that it was ‘outrageous’ to evict him.
He left court frustrated, refusing to speak to his parents and saying he didn’t think the judge read the case fully, according to CNY Central. He says he will appeal the decision.
‘I am just so outraged,’ he DailyMail.com outside of court on Tuesday, adding that he has been taunted by conservative groups for being a ‘liberal millennial’.
He also said his parents don’t provide food or do his laundry for him.
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Michael Rotondo, 30 (pictured in court on Tuesday above), was ordered on Tuesday to move out of his parents home
His parents,Christina and Mark Rotondo, are pictured on the right. They say they have been trying to kick him out of their house for months
Michael left court in a huff on Tuesday, vowing to appeal the judge’s decision
The Rotondos say their son has been living with them for the past eight years, without paying rent or contributing in any way
The judge tried to convince Michael to come to an agreement with his parents on his own, but when he refused, he ordered him out of the house.
He also ordered adult protective services to investigate.
Greenwood asked the couple to come up with an eviction order that he would sign. It was not decided in court on Tuesday how long Michael would be given to move out.
But since he plans to appeal, he’ll likely be able to stay in the home until the appeal is decided anyway. The couple’s lawyer said he;d like to get an eviction notice that would be enforceable by the sheriff.
It’s unclear if Michael has ever lived outside of his home. Public records connect him to two other Syracuse-area homes, where he is said to have lived between 2008 and 2010, when he would have been 21 to 23 years old.
His parents home is owned by his mother, who bought it in 1988. The four-bedroom home is worth an estimated $218,000 according to Zillow.
The couple have written five letters to their son over the past three months, informing him that he must leave the home
The couple are now trying to get their son kicked out of their home through an ejectment proceeding
In his letter, written on February 18, the couple offered some advice to their son to help him find a new place to live
On March 5, the couple threatened that they would ‘take any appropriate actions necessary to make sure you leave the house as demanded’
The most recent letter regarded Michael’s car, which they say they want off their property
Over the past three months, the Rotondos have given their son five written notices to move out, but he has ignored their orders.
They initially tried to get him evicted, but learned that since he is a family member, he would have to be removed from their home through an ejectment proceeding.
In a response to his parents’ court filings, Michael – who turns 31 in July and is acting as his own lawyer – says his parents have not given him a reason why he is being kicked out, or enough time to find a new place.
He claims in his response that in the eight years he has lived with his parents, he ‘has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement’.
He also cited a court precedent which says that he needs six months notice to be kicked out through an ejectment action.
In a redacted filing, Michael also said he runs his own ‘successful’ business, calling it ‘the overwhelmingly superior choice for the economic well being over the working of a full-time job’.
The Rotondos first asked their son to leave in a letter written on February 2
His father wrote that ‘after a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately’. They gave him 14 days to vacate, saying he ‘will not be allowed to return’.
Michael is pictured outside of court on Tuesday. He claims to run his own business but his parents say he is unemployed
‘We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision,’ the letter read.
When he had not moved out two weeks later, his parents followed up with another letter, telling him he had been ‘evicted’.
‘You have heretofore been our guest and there is no lease or agreement that gives you any right to stay here without our consent,’ they wrote.
They then gave up another 30 days to leave.
The couple wrote a third letter five days later, offering Michael $1,100 to find a new place to stay and some advice on how to get a new apartment – such as selling ‘any weapons you may have’ for rent money.
FAILURE TO LAUNCH SYNDROME
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in three millennials are living with their parents – a situation that has coined it’s own term, ‘failure to launch’
Failure to launch isn’t a diagnosable mental health illness, but it describes a commonaility among millenials who find it hard to start their adult lives.
There are many reasons why this happens, from economic reasons to poor work ethic and low self-esteem.
Failure to launch appears to impact men more than women, many of whom are not taught the sort of skills needed to live alone – such as cooking, cleaning and laundry.
In extreme cases, children can become depressed and start abusing drugs and alcohol if they find a lack of job prospects and continue to have to live at home. This can make it even harder for them to fly the coop in the end.
Dr. Michael Ascher, a clinical associate in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote an article about the issue for the Huffington Post in 2015.
Dr. Ascher said parents can help their failure to launch children by giving them responsibilities, hiring a life coach to help them with achieve their goals, getting them a therapist and buying medications to help with any anxiety or depression they might have.
‘There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one– you have to work!
‘If you want help finding a place your Mother has offered to help you,’ the letter reads.
On March 5, the couple wrote a fourth letter saying they ‘have seen no indication that you are preparing to leave’.
‘Be aware that we will take any appropriate actions necessary to make sure you leave the house as demanded,’ they wrote.
Their most recent letter was written on March 30, concerns Michael’s car, offering him money to fix it so that it can be taken off their property.
‘I feel bad for both of them, because he’s not learning anything by staying at home and he’s just wasting their time and money,’ one neighbor said, according to WRAL.
Michael appears to be no stranger of the civil court system.
Last year, he filed a lawsuit against a local Best Buy for discrimination, saying he was fired because he couldn’t work Saturdays due to a court visitation schedule.
He is seeking nearly $340,000 in damages, pay and attorney’s fees from the big box store.
In a separate case, he claimed his rights to due process were violated in family court, but that case was thrown out in November of last year.
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