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Judge orders 30-year-old man to move out of parents’ home

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A US couple got so annoyed with their unemployed son’s refusal to leave home, they sued to get rid of him.

A 30-year-old man has been ordered by a judge to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to have him ejected.

Michael Rotondo, from New York, told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ranch they share. But he argued that as a family member, he's entitled to six months more time.

State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported. Michael Rotondo told reporters he'll appeal.

Mark and Christina Rotondo brought the court case after several eviction letters offering money and other help were ignored.

The parents didn't answer a call seeking comment and their letters, filed in court, don't give their reasons for wanting their son out of the house. They do tell him to get a job and move his broken-down Volkswagen Passat.

"Michael, here is $1,100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay," a February 18 letter starts.

It goes on to suggest he sell his stereo, some tools and any weapons he may have to gain money and space.

"There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you," the letter reads. "Get one — you have to work!"

It's signed "Christina and Mark Rotondo."

Michael Rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceedingbrought by his parents, Mark and Christina, of Camillus.
Michael Rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceeding brought by his parents, Mark and Christina.
The Syracuse Newspapers via AAP

With reporters watching in court, Michael Rotondo sparred with Greenwood for 30 minutes, at one point refusing the judge's request to work things out directly to his parents, who were sitting quietly nearby.

When Greenwood called Rotondo up to the bench, the long-haired and bearded son tried to bring the podium with him — noting it held the reporters' microphones.

He then called out for television camera crews to meet him outside the courthouse. There, he answered their questions, telling them he occupies a bedroom in his parents' home, doesn't speak to them and isn't ready to leave home. He said he had a business but wouldn't elaborate.

"My business is my business," he said.

The judge instructed the parents' lawyer to draft an eviction order. Lawyer Anthony Adorante said it would give Rotondo reasonable time to vacate.

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