A couple in upstate New York were forced to sue their unemployed 30-year-old son in order to get him to move out of their home.
Mark and Christina Rotondo resorted to the extreme-parenting measure “after giving their layabout millennial boy Michael cash for moving expenses, pleading with him to get on with his life and finally sending written legal notices demanding he grow up and move out,” the New York Post reported.
The first letter written by the Rotondos and dated Feb. 2 read, “Michael, After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” and concluded, “You have 14 days to vacate. . . We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.”
The Rotondos later offered their son $1,100 to “find a place to stay” and advised him, “organize the things you need for work and to manage an apartment” and “sell the other things you have that have any significant value.”
Imploring their son, a self-described “businessman,” to find employment, they wrote, “There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work!”
None of the Rotondos pleas motivated Michael to recover from his epic failure to launch, until a judge’s ruling on Tuesday propelled him into adulthood, infuriating Michael.
Following the judge’s decision, Michael claimed, “It’s really unfair to me and really outrageous. I really don’t want to stay there. I’ve been trying to leave there for a long time. They stopped feeding me, they cut me off the family phone plan.”
When asked if he viewed the actions of his parents as tough love, Michael replied, “I don’t think trying to destroy somebody is tough love.”
The Rotondos sent Michael a series of eviction letters between Feb. 2 and March 30, each signed “Mark and Christina Rotondo.”
A letter dated Feb. 13 and written to “Michael Joseph Rotondo” stated that he was “hereby evicted … effective immediately.”
Micheal has been living with his parents for eight years, which was noted in the letter.
“You have heretofore been our guest and there is no lease or agreement that gives you any right to stay here without our consent,” the letter read.
Later in February, the Rotondos offered Michael cash to leave, which he accepted, but used the money to pay bills instead of move. Several weeks later the Rotondos again warned Michael of impending legal action.
“Today is March 5, 2018. You have 11 days to vacate,” they wrote.
In a March 30 letter, the Rotondos offered to pay to fix his Volkswagen Passat.
After Michael declined to leave the Rotondo’s home after receiving the written requests, his mother filed suit on May 7 in Onondaga County Supreme Court, seeking to evict him from their modest residence in Camillus.
Acting as his own attorney, Michael filed a motion to get the Rotondo’s case thrown out of court by claiming that they were legally obliged to allow him six months to leave their home.
Michael said that on Tuesday, Judge Donald Greenwood ordered the Rotondo’s lawyer Anthony Adorante to draft an order outlining terms of the eviction, and permitted Michael to remain at the home until an official eviction date is set.
Although Greenwood appreciated that Michael had conducted legal research for his case, the judge characterized his demands for six more months at the Rotondo’s home as “outrageous.”
Regarding the atmosphere in the home, Michael said he lives in a bedroom located near his mother’s master bedroom, while his father mostly stays in the basement.
“It’s not that big of a deal. We just don’t communicate,” Michael said.
In court papers, Michael claimed that he operates a “successful” business, but offered no further details.
“I have money. I have income,” Michael said. “I have plans to not stay with them anymore — just not today, just not in 30 days. I can’t imagine I’ll be there in three months.”
Michael also alleged that the Rotondos are evicting him as “retaliation” for him not allowing them to see his young son before he lost custody himself last September.
Even so, Michael said that he would comply with Adorante’s order as long as it does not require him to leave his parent’s home within the next 30 days.
“I want three months. I think that’s reasonable,” he said.
After returning home following the court hearing on Tuesday, Michael said he saw his parents.
“They were quiet. It’s awkward,” he said.
Asked whether he was hurt by his parents’ legal action, Michael said, “They’re very much a moot point to me. Right now, I’m just worried about what’s best for me.”
The Post reported, “In 2017, Michael sued Best Buy for $338,500 for firing him two years earlier for not working Saturdays. That case is still pending.”