A New York judge has ruled that Michael Rotondo, a 30-year-old upstate New York man who was sued by both of his parents for refusing to move out of their house, will have to finally leave the nest. Rotondo has lived with his parents for the better part of a decade, and, according to the suit, was described as “disrespectful”, paid no rent, and never helped out around the house.
Rotondo had previously called the lawsuit “retaliatory,” and sought to have it thrown out on the grounds that he was not given a “reasonable amount of time to vacate.” In New York, a landlord can evict a tenant for a multitude of reasons, but first, they have to give the tenant written notice. If the tenant doesn’t comply with the notice, then the landlord has every right to take them to eviction court.
Despite, Rotondo’s claim that he was in no position to support himself, his parents had offered to give him $1,100 to get started up on his own as well as a handful of advice about things he could do to make money independently. Rotondo defended the fact that he ignored the notices by referencing the case of Kosa v. Legg which ruled that “there is ‘Common law requirement of six-month notice to quit before the tenant may be removed through ejectment action.”
Irrespective of his defense, Rotondo still was given at least four of the notices between February 2nd and March 30th. This led New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood to say that the notices were more than “sufficient” and enough to justify Rotondo’s eviction.
After court, Rotondo told the press that he would be appealing what he thought was a “ridiculous,” ruling. That appeal would have to be filed in the next 30 days, and on top of that, the appeal process can be very costly. An average appeal can cost between $20,000 and $50,000, maybe less given that this case is less complicated. How Rotondo — a guy with no job and who’s never paid his parents a lick of rent— plans to pay for that is anyone’s guess.