Couple offered help, money but their son won’t leave
A New York couple has sued their adult son because he has refused to move out of their home. Despite having asked nicely countless times, the parents can’t seem to convince him to get the hell out of their house and find a place of his own, so they were forced to take him to court.
Mark and Christina Rotondo live in upstate New York with their son, 30-year-old Michael Rotondo. After losing a job, he moved back home about eight years ago but now runs a website company, according to ABC 7. Regardless, the Rotondos have asked their son to move out, but he insists he wasn’t given enough notice. The parents’ lawyer, Anthony Adorante, told Syracuse.com that the couple has been having trouble with Michael and ran out of other options.
Before filing a lawsuit, the Rotondos gave their son at least five written notices, which you know had to come after countless conversations. How many times has your mom had to tell you to do something? Exactly. You know these parents tried. “After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” dad Mark Rotondo wrote in a letter in back February that has been filed with the court. That letter started an eviction process that’s lasted three months and traveled from their local court to their county’s top court, according to media reports.
Mom Christina wrote her own letter to her son Michael about the living situation that same month. “Michael Joseph Rotondo, You are hereby evicted from 408 Weatheridge Drive, Camillus, New York effective immediately,” she wrote. “Any action you take that can be construed as threatening or harassing…us or prevents or obstructs our ability to use the house or property [on] Weatheridge Drive as we see fit will result in your immediate removal from the premises,” she added.
The couple also noted that their son didn’t contribute to household expenses and didn’t even do chores around the house. It’s one thing to live rent-free. It’s an entirely different thing to be a shitty roommate to your parents who were kind enough to let you stay with them. And the Rotondos even offered to help Michael move out. They offered him some money so the process of finding a new place to live would be a bit easier. But nothing worked, so the parents sued him.
The family’s case was heard Tuesday afternoon in front of State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood, who ruled Michael needed to vacate his parent’s home. Michael, who acted as his own lawyer in court, said, “this is outrageous,” and promised to appeal the decision. He turns 31 in about seven weeks.