A judge has ordered 30-year-old Michael Rotondo to move out of his parent's house
A 30-year-old man who lives with his parents has been ordered by a court judge to leave and find somewhere else to stay. Michael Rotondo, who lives in Camillus, near Syracuse in the state of New York, moved back in with his folks eight years ago. He paid no rent and did not help with the housework, resulting in his mother and father repeatedly asking him to move out over the last year. However, Rotondo, who represented himself in court, argued that he should be allowed an extra six months to find a new place. In response, State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood called his demand "outrageous" and served Rotondo with an eviction order.
Evidence presented to the court included a note written by Rotondo's mother, dated February 2, stating: "Michael, after a discussion with your mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately. You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision."
When Rotondo refused to leave, Christina and Mark Rotondo then became even more desperate. They offered to pay Michael the princely sum of $1,100 to leave and gave him advice about how he could find a new place. This advice included him selling the stereo, tools and weapons which he'd kept at home. This note also made it clear that Rotondo was unemployed and had a poor work history, although he himself claimed in court that he ran a "website business."
The final note to Rotondo came on March 30. When that too was ignored, Christina and Mark filed for an ejectment proceeding. Their son argued that this was unjust, and claimed that common law required his parents to serve him a six-month notice before removing him as a tenant.
According to court filings, Rotondo states that he "has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or to assist with chores and the maintenance of the premises", and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement. In an interview with reporters outside the courthouse, Rotondo said: "I just wanted a reasonable amount of time to vacate, with consideration to the fact that I was not really prepared to support myself at the time of the notices," before clarifying that he does not live in a basement, has his own room, and does his own laundry. He has now moved out, and has visited his parents at their home again since, describing the family meeting as "awkward."
The Rotondo case highlights a wider social problem: according to a report by the United States Census Bureau, more Americans aged 18-34 are living with their parents than any other arrangement, approximately 22.9 million people.