Allow us to introduce you to an absolute nightmare of a scenario. Your adult son has moved out. You and your partner are living the kid-free life you'd been waiting for. Due to some unfortunate circumstances (the housing market, employment prospects, a separation - you name it, we're sadly all too aware of the likelihood) your grown up, 30-year-old offspring returns to the familial home, as many do. You're understanding, of course, however it eventually gets to the point where that contribution-free welcome has expired. But what do you do when he refuses to get up, get a job and leave?
New York-based parents Christina and Mark Rotondo resorted to suing him. After issuing their son Michael Rotondo with five eviction letters, the couple say that he refuses to move out and so decided to take legal action.
One letter dated 2 February 2018 read: '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. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.'
Another note sent roughly two weeks later came with some financial assistance and parental guidance for their unemployed son who has been back at their home for eight years now. 'Here is $1,100 from us to you so you can fins a play to stay', Michael's parents wrote before offering four pieces of advice.
The first: 'Organise the things you need for work and to manage an apartment', the second: 'sell the other things you have that have any significant value, (e.g. stereo, some tools etc.). This is especially true for any weapons you may have. You need the money and will have no place for the stuff'.
Christina and Mark also advised that 'there are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one - you have to work!', before concluding with: 'if you want help finding a place your Mother has offered to help you'.
The eviction notices and words of firm, fair advice came to no avail however, and so Christina and Mark filed a petition in state supreme court where the case was heard yesterday.
The judge ruled that Micheal must indeed move out of his parents house which, the New York Post reported, didn't go do very well. 'It's really unfair to me and really outrageous', the son said. He had filed for his parents' case to be thrown out on account of being legally required to give him six months notice to get out however yesterday Judge Donald Greenwood ruled in favour of the parents and ordered Christina and Mark's attorney to draw up and order outlining the terms of eviction.
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