New York parents sue 30-year-old son who refuses to move out

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(BBC) – The parents of a 30-year-old man have resorted to drastic measures in an effort to get their son to fly the coop: they are suing him.

Court documents say Michael Rotondo does not pay rent or help with chores, and has ignored his parents’ offers of money to get him settled.

Despite doling out five eviction letters, Christina and Mark Rotondo say their son still refuses to move out.

Michael is arguing that legally, he was not given enough notice to leave.

Mr and Mrs Rotondo filed their case with the Onondaga County Supreme Court, near Syracuse, New York on 7 May, after months of unsuccessfully urging their son to leave.

The would-be empty nesters’ lawyer, Anthony Adorante, told Syracuse.com the couple do not know how else to get their adult son out of their house.

“We have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” reads the first letter, dated 2 Feb, according to court filings.

When Michael ignored the letter, his parents wrote up a proper eviction notice with the help of their lawyer.

“You are hereby evicted,” a 13 Feb notice signed by Mrs Rotondo reads.

“A legal enforcement procedure will be instituted immediately if you do not leave by 15 March 2018.”

The couple then offered their son $1,100 (£819) to move out – along with some sharp commentary about his behaviour.

“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one – you have to work!” they said.

By 30 March, however, it was becoming clear their son had no intention of leaving.

In April, Mr and Mrs Rotondo went to their local town court to see if they could evict their son.

But they were told that because Michael is family, they would need a Supreme Court justice to officially send him packing.

According to WABC News, Michael has called his parents’ lawsuit “retaliatory” and has asked the court to toss out the request.

The Rotondo family will take their case to Supreme Court later this month – some weeks ahead of Michael’s 31st birthday.

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One comment

  1. I pray that he understands his parents mean well by doing this. We have to learn to be responsible adults. Some of our generation too reliant on out parents still. If my mom was not sheltering us so much and allowed us to grow and make sensible adult decisions, maybe I would have been further. I am not blaming my mom at all, but she partly made me grow up with the fear of going out and venture alone since we have always been sheltered under her. Now i am doing it, but could have been done sooner.

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