2018-05-23 18:15:41 UTC
A 30-year-old man didn't get the message that it was time to move out of his
parents' home, even after they left him five notices and an offer of cash to
help find new digs.
The New York family drama eventually rolled into the court system, where a judge
on Tuesday ruled in the parents' favor and ordered Michael Rotondo to leave
after having a room for eight years.
But Rotondo contends he is owed a six-month notice.
"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," he told CNN affiliate WSTM.
Notices sent to their son
Christina and Mark Rotondo of Camillus started the court proceedings earlier
this month and filed evidence of five notices they served their son, starting in
One note on February 2 reads:
"After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided 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."
Shortly after this notice, his parents decided to seek legal counsel and served
another notice on February 13, granting Michael 30 days to move out or they
would begin enforcement procedures.
Five days later, in another note, the parents offered some advice and gifted
Michael $1,100 to help him find a new place to live.
Michael still didn't heed the notice that it was time to move on, and according
to a note dated March 5 his parents reminded him of the looming deadline of
March 15, documents show.
"So far we have seen no indication that you are preparing to leave." It adds,
"Be aware that we will take any appropriate actions necessary to make sure you
leave the house as demanded."
The fifth and final notice on March 30 presents Michael some options to get his
broken down vehicle off their property, and in all the options his parents offer
to help pay for the repairs.
Since he still refused to leave, his parents filed for an ejectment proceeding
to end what some might call a failure to launch.
Michael asked the court to dismiss the request.
He claimed that for the past eight years he "has never been expected to
contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of
the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living
agreement," according to filings obtained by CNN affiliate WSTM.
Judge: 'I think the notice is sufficient'
During the hearing on Tuesday, Michael represented himself and cited the case of
Kosa v. Legg: "that there is 'Common law requirement of six-month notice to quit
before tenant may be removed through ejectment action."
ButNew York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood disagreed.
"I'm granting the eviction," he said. "I think the notice is sufficient."
After court, Rotondo told reporters he plans to appeal the case and finds the
"It seems to me like I should be provided with, you know, 30 days or so, because
generally you get 30 days after you're found, you know, to have to vacate the
premises," he said. "So I'm expecting something like that. But realistically, if
that's not the case, I don't know."
CNN's Carma Hassan and Jessica Prater contributed to this report.