Judge orders 30-year-old man to leave parents’ home

26 May, 2018, 14:46 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Michael Rotondo

A U.S. judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to have him ejected.

During Tuesday's hearing, which Syracuse.com called "surreal", Michael Rotondo argued with the judge for 30 minutes, including insisting he was legally entitled to six months' notice before having to move out.

"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 parents said subsequent letters they sent included offers to help him financially and advice to get a job, but their son ignored all of them, Fox 5 reports.

"Be aware that we will take any appropriate actions necessary to make sure you leave the house as demanded", they wrote.

Thirty-year-old Michael Rotondo's parents say he refused to leave after receiving several notices.

Rotondo would have to move out, the judge ruled.

Mr Rotondo also complained the judge had not properly read his case.

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In the time that he's been at home, Rotondo said he's never been expected to contribute to household expenses, assist with chores or the maintenance of the property.

Greenwood then informed Rotondo that the case he cited wasn't the final word on the matter, and that it had been superseded by an appellate court ruling that tilted the weight of precedent back toward the parents' side.

Mr Rotondo had argued that there was a "common law requirement of six-month notice to quit" before a tenant could be "removed through ejectment action".

"Michael, here is $1100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay", a letter from February 18 starts.

Representing himself in court, Rotondo showed a knack for argument - and for the legal and media environment in which he found himself, as multiple news crews covered the story of his attempt to block his parents from prying him from their home.

"I am just so outraged", he said outside court.

Michael Rotondo said "this is outrageous" after Judge Donald Greenwood announced the decision on Tuesday.

When Justice Greenwood called Michael up to the bench, the long-haired and bearded son tried to bring the podium with him - noting it held the reporters' microphones. No specified deadline was stated in court, but the lawyer mentioned that it would include reasonable time for Rotondo to vacate.