A 30-year-old son refusing to leave home has been ordered to move out by a judge after his parents took him to court.
Michael Rotondo told the judge in New York on Monday (local time) he knows his parents want him out of the split-level home they share, but argued he is entitled to six months more time as he is a family member.
State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.
Michael told reporters he would appeal.
Mark and Christina Rotondo brought the court case after several eviction letters offering money and other help were ignored.
While not giving reasons why they want their son out of the house, they did tell him to get a job and move his broken-down Volkswagen Passat in the letters.
“Michael, here is $1100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay,” a letter from February 18 starts.
It goes on to suggest he sell his stereo, some tools and any weapons he may have to gain money and space.
“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you,” the letter signed by his parents reads.
“Get one, you have to work!”
With reporters watching in court, Michael sparred with Justice Greenwood for 30 minutes, at one point refusing the judge’s request to work things out directly with his parents who were sitting quietly nearby.
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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.
He then called out for television camera crews to meet him outside the courthouse.
There Michael answered their questions, telling them he occupies a bedroom in his parents’ home, does not speak to them and is not ready to leave home.
He said he had a business but would not elaborate.
“My business is my business,” Michael said.
The judge instructed the parents’ lawyer to draft an eviction order.
Attorney Anthony Adorante said it would give Michael reasonable time to vacate.