Parents Sue to Evict Their Adult Son — and Guess What Happened?
This extreme and compelling case illuminates the dysfunction that a lazy and irresponsible grown man brings to a family
In a real-life case of “failure to launch,” an upstate New York couple got so fed up with their unemployed 30-year-old son’s refusal to leave home that they finally sued to evict him.
On Tuesday, they won.
Mark and Christina Rotondo were forced into action after they gave their son, Michael, cash for moving expenses, pleaded with him multiple times to get on with his life, and finally sent him legal notices demanding he grow up and move out, as the New York Post and other outlets reported.
Things boiled over for this family on May 7, when Christina Rotondo filed suit in Onondaga County Supreme Court seeking to evict her son from their modest residence in Camillus, New York.
The young man has a son of his own — but has reportedly lost custody.
Rotondo lived at home for the past eight years and refused to move even after his parents offered him $1,100 to "find a place to stay." They gave him parental advice that included, "Organize the things you need for work and to manage an apartment."
They begged him to start making money. "There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work!" the Rotondos wrote to their son.
In the final letter, dated March 30, the parents said they would even pay to fix their son's broken Volkswagen Passat.
The judge's ruling now pushes Michael Rotondo squarely out of the nest.
"It's really unfair to me and really outrageous," said the son of the ruling, according to the Post. "I really don't want to stay there. I've been trying to leave there for a long time. They stopped feeding me — they cut me off the family phone plan."
He added snarkily, "I don't think trying to destroy somebody is 'tough love.'"
Judge Donald Greenwood on Tuesday ordered the parents' lawyer, Anthony Adorante, to draft an order outlining the terms of the eviction. The son is allowed to stay at the home until an official eviction date is set.
Greenwood praised the defendant's legal research but called Rotondo's demands for six more months at home "outrageous," according to Syracuse.com.
Michael said he lives in a bedroom near his mom's master bedroom, while his dad stays in the basement.
"It's not that big of a deal. We just don't communicate," he said of his mom and dad.
Asked whether he was hurt by his parents' legal actions, he said, "They're very much a moot point to me. Right now, I'm just worried about what's best for me."
Apparently nothing has changed, then.
In other unsurprising news, Michael Rotondo sued Best Buy in 2017 for $338,500. Why? The store fired him for not working on Saturdays. That case is still pending.
Deirdre Reilly is a senior editor with LifeZette.