It’s like the movie ‘Failure To Launch’, but instead of Matthew McConaughey, it’s this guy.
30-year-old Michael Rotondo has lived with his parents in Camillus, New York, for the last eight years. A few months ago, they thought it was time he got his own place, since he doesn’t pay rent or do chores around the house. They left him a note from February 2 that reads: “Michael, 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.” But, he didn’t leave.
Another note from a few weeks later tried to help him get organized, encouraging him to sell some of his things and get a job. They even offered him money to help get him on his feet and find his own place. Eventually, they took him to court, but Michael still didn’t think he had to move out. He even cited a 2006 case, Kosa vs. Legg, which he believes requires his parents to give him six months notice to find a new place to live.
New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood didn’t buy it though. He ordered Rotondo evicted from his parents’ house, and Michael didn’t seem sure what to do. Even though a judge just ordered him to leave that very day, he still calls it “ridiculous” and says he plans to appeal the decision.
In a legal filing, he wrote that he “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises.” He also claims that his parents decided to evict him after he lost custody of his own son. Michael’s son also figures prominently into his lawsuit against Best Buy. He was fired from the electronics store after refusing to work on Saturdays. But Saturdays, Michael says, is the only day he was allowed visitation with his son. He’s asking for over $300,000 in damages.
Honestly, the reason this story is so compelling is because of how legitimately oblivious Michael seems to be. Now, NPR points out that Michael’s story is part of a larger trend among American millennials. According to a Pew Research Study, living with a parent is the most common living situation among people 18-34. And for the first time since the 19th century, a person this age is more likely to live with their parents than with a partner, and there’s a lot of different reasons for this. First off, young people today don’t get married as early as they used to. And second, many young people, including college graduates, are having a hard time finding a good-paying job.
Nevertheless, Michael Rotondo will be forced to leave his parents’ house, unless he just… doesn’t leave? What do you guys think? Should Michael get any more time at home, or should his parents hire some goons to drag him out? Let us know in the comments.
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