Parents Sue 30-Year-Old Son. They Want Him To Leave Home, He Refuses

In one eviction notice, the couple offered their unemployed son a sum of $1,100 to vacate the house along with advice about finding a job. "There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one - you have to work!" they wrote.

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Parents Sue 30-Year-Old Son. They Want Him To Leave Home, He Refuses

While the case was in court, the man continued to stay in his parents' house (Representational Image)


A desperate couple's unsuccessful attempts to get their 30-year-old son to move out of their home resulted in the parents taking a rather extreme step: they sued him.

New York's Christina and Mark Rotondo filed a lawsuit against their son Michael Rotondo after he failed to respond to five eviction letters sent by them, New York Post quotes documents from Onondaga County Supreme Court.

The drama began in February when the couple sent the first eviction letter to their son, who has been living with them rent-free for eight years after losing his job. 

"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 (sic)," Syracuse.com quotes from the first eviction letter sent on February 2. 

When their son didn't acknowledge the letter, the couple sent another notice 11 days later.

"You are hereby evicted...effective immediately... we have decided to grant you up to thirty (30) days... to remove your possessions and vacate the premises. A legal enforcement procedure will be instituted immediately if you do not leave by 15 March 2018," read the second notice sent on February 13.

In the third notice dated February 18, the Rotondos even offered their unemployed son a sum of $1,100 to vacate the house along with advice about finding a job. "There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one - you have to work!" they wrote.

The couple sent two more letters to their son in March but he refused to go. With no option left, the fed-up couple finally turned to the court for help. On May 7, Ms Rotondo filed an official eviction petition against her son.

In court documents, the son, who is representing himself, said that his parents are legally required to give him six months' to leave the house, reported New York Post. 

He also said he's "never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises."

Shutting down claims he was unemployed, Mr Rotondo wrote in court papers that he runs a "successful" business but did not elaborate on what it was. 

"I have money. I have income... I have plans to not stay with them anymore - just not today, just not in 30 days. I can't imagine I'll be there in three months," New York Post quoted him as saying.

During the course of the short legal case, Mr Rotondo continued to stay with his parents in their house. He admitted to New York Post that it was "awkward".

On Tuesday, the judge ordered junior Rotondo to move out of his parents' house, reported WABC. He called the ruling "outrageous" and indicated he would appeal the decision.

"It's really unfair to me and really outrageous," Mr Rotondo told New York Post. "They stopped feeding me, they cut me off the family phone plan... I don't think trying to destroy somebody is tough love."
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