Court order says 30-year-old must move out of parents' house by June 1

Michael Rotondo speaks to reporters outside court on Tuesday (CNYCentral Photo)

A court order says a 30-year-old Camillus man must move out of his parents' home by June 1.

The order, filed by Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood Thursday, says Michael Rotondo is "required the vacate the residence... on or before the 1st day of June 2018 at 12:00 p.m."

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Rotondo has become the subject of international intrigue since his parents sought the court's help to evict him from their home.

What led to the eviction

In filings to the court last week, Christina and Mark Rotondo said they've been trying to get their son to leave their home for several months.

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The filing included five written notices that the couple said it left for Michael, starting with this note on Feb. 2:

2 February 2018


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.

Mark and Christina Rotondo

A second note, dated Feb. 13, told Michael he is "hereby evicted" from the couple's home "effective immediately" and tells him he has until March 15 to move out.

A third note from five days later offered $1,100 to Michael "so you can find a place to stay," according to the filing. It also offered advice:

1) Organize the things you need for work and to manage an apartment. Note: You will need stuff at [redacted]. You must arrange the date and time through your Father so he can set it up with the tenant.

2) 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.

3) There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work!

4) If you want help finding a place your Mother has offered to help you.

The fourth message, dated March 5, notes the upcoming March 15 deadline to leave and says, "So far we have seen no indication that you are preparing to leave." It adds, "Be aware that we will take any appropriate actions necessary to make sure you leave the house as demanded."

The fifth message, dated March 30, presents solutions for an issue over Michael's car, which, according to the filing, was sitting at the couple's home.

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According to filings by the couple, they were informed that because Michael is a family member, they could only have him removed from the home through an ejectment proceeding.

On Tuesday, Justice Greenwood praised Rotondo's legal research, but cited a case that he said indicated the 30-year-old needed to leave his parents home as requested. Rotondo was frustrated with the ruling and said in court that he didn't think the judge fully read the case.

Rotondo has said he plans to appeal the decision.

Who is Michael Rotondo?

Before he famously fought eviction from his parent's home, Rotondo was a clean-cut student at West Genesee High School where he split time between math club and playing in the school's orchestra.

"I was interested in music. I played the double bass. I wish I had spent more time with that because I really had an opportunity to do something unique, but I didn't practice. I should have done that," Rotondo said.

Not sticking with the bass is one regret he wants others to learn from.

"Practice your instruments when you're doing that as a young person because you'll wish that you did when you're older," he advised.

Rotondo's interests also include technology and working on the internet. After graduating high school in 2005, he studied at Onondaga Community College.

"I went for engineering, and when I couldn't do the math I switched to business," he said.

It was around that time he moved into his own apartment in Syracuse and found a job.

"(It was a) full-time job, very promising position actually, but I lost that job. Those were my circumstances at that time," he said.

That's what brought him back to his parents' home, where he has lived for the past eight years.

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