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Failure to launch: When parents go to court to evict their son

A court ordered Michael Rotondo, 30, to leave his parents house by June 1
May 26, 2018 01:36PM

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Like many millennials, Michael Rotondo, still lived with parents up until this week when they took the unusual step of evicting him.

Rotondo has lived in his parents’ home for the past eight years without paying rent or assisting with property maintenance and, in February, he began receiving notices from his parents asking for him to leave their residence in Camillus, New York, according to CBS News.

“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,” read one of the parents’ first notes to Rotondo, dated February 2.

A note a few days later read: “You are hereby evicted. You have heretofore been our guest and there is no lease or agreement that gives you any right to stay here without our consent.”

But still another note was in order: “There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work! … If you want help finding a place your Mother has offered to help you.”

Finally, Mark and Christina Rotondo gave up on the notes and petitioned a judge to force their son out; the judge granted the eviction on Tuesday.

Their son is appealing–not because he wants to still live with them, but because he says he doesn’t have the means to make the move without six months notice. He told CBS he’s in the midst of a custody battle for his own son, which, he said, was the reason for his “failure to launch.”

Villa Italian Kitchen pizza chain, citing the news stories about Rotondo’s eviction, publicly made a job offer to him because “we feel for millennials, across the board,” said the company’s COO Andrew Steinberg. [CBS] Erin Hudson