A grown man has been ordered to vacate his parents’ home by a judge after a short legal battle, as reported by the New York Post.
30-year-old Michael Rotondo, who is unemployed and has lived with his parents for the last eight years, was asked Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood to leave on his own accord. Michael, who represented himself in court, argued with the judge, saying he was entitled to at least six more months of living in the family home, located in Camillus, near Syracuse, New York.
“I want you out of this household,” Greenwood told Michael, though he also praised the man for doing his own legal research.
Mark and Christina Rotondo reportedly went to desperate measures in hopes that Michael would move out of their home over the last few months, even offering their son moving expenses and sending him legal notices.
“Michael, After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” the parents wrote in a letter dated February 2, according to The Guardian. That letter gave the man “14 days to vacate,” and further stated that the parents would take “whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.”
“Michael, here is $1,100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay,” a February 18 letter reads, according to the Associated Press.
“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you,” the letter said. “Get one — you have to work!,” signed “Christina and Mark Rotondo.”
Although the court case didn’t end as Michael hoped, he did appear to enjoy the attention of going to court. According to Syracuse.com, the man requested reporters to interview him outside the courtroom, letting them know that he did his own laundry and had his own bedroom.
Though he claimed to have his own business, when asked what that business was by reporters. Michael replied; “My business is my business.”
In the end, Mark and Christina’s lawyer was instructed to draft an eviction order. Attorney Anthony Adocante said it would give Michael reasonable time to vacate his parent’s home.
“I really don’t want to stay there,” he told the New York Post after the court loss. “I’ve been trying to leave there for a long time. They stopped feeding me, they cut me off the family phone plan.”
Michael claims the reason his parents are forcing him out of their home is in “retaliation” for not allowing them to see his young son before he lost custody last September.