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- Mike Rotondo's parents are trying to evict their son after eight years of living under the same roof in upstate New York.
- Rotondo argued that he should be allowed up to six months to leave, but a judge on Tuesday ordered him to vacate.
- Rotondo says his parents first talked about kicking him out in October, stopped feeding him in November, and sent him a note in February about potential legal action.
- Rotondo believes his parents' actions are retaliatory because he lost visitation rights to his child.
A millennial man is trying to delay an eviction from his parents' house, even though he doesn't talk to them.
Mark and Christina Rotondo have asked their son to leave their house in Camillus, New York, and have taken legal action to evict him. Mike Rotondo, 30, has lived with his parents for the past eight years and been described as a "liberal millennial."
Syracuse.com reported on Tuesday that State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood ordered Rotondo to vacate his parents' house, though no timeline has been specified in court. The judge also ordered an investigation by adult protective services.
Rotondo received a letter from his parents on February 2 that said: "We have decided you must leave this house immediately. You have 14 days to vacate."
Rotondo told Business Insider that the letter was "nonsense" and "a retaliatory action" for losing visitation custody of his child two days earlier. Rotondo said he stopped talking to his parents when he received the letter.
"I wouldn't characterize them as being very good parents," Rotondo said on a phone call.
Rotondo says he hasn't had the financial means to move out because he has been focusing on his child.
"I've been a father for the last few years," he said. "That's what I've been doing. I really haven't pursued a career."
He added: "That's why I'm living with my parents still."
Rotondo's child has never lived with him. He said his relationship with his child's mother "used to be really, really good, where we would exchange gifts and have each other over for holidays, and then it went real bad, real fast."
"I was an excellent father," Rotondo said. "I would forgo buying clothes for myself so that I could take [the child] skiing." He added that he had an issue with the child's mother, "and in a similar way, I lost all my visitation."
Rotondo argued that he was not given enough time to leave his parents' house.
"I was expecting to have the ability to leave my parents' house from six months from that February 2 notice," he said.
"I went to court for and made the case that I needed to be provided a six-month notice," Rotondo continued. "I didn't want to be there anymore. I didn't want to be there in the long [term]."
The parents' second letter to their son, dated February 13, said that "a legal enforcement procedure will be instituted immediately if you do not leave by March 15, 2018."
The third letter came with an offer of $1,100 and advice on how to move out. The fourth letter reminded Rotondo that he had 11 days before legal action was taken and said that "so far we have seen no indication that you are preparing to leave."
Rotondo said his parents started threatening to throw him out of their house in October.
"I don't like living with my parents," he said.
Rotondo said that he was getting the impression that people thought he went to court because he wanted to keep living with his parents indefinitely but that it isn't the case.
"I was trying to get more time," he said, adding that he did not want it to "seem as though the notice I was provided on February 2 initiated or considered to be a six-month notice."
Rotondo says his parents stopped feeding him in November. The Daily Mail reported that a case brought by him was thrown out in family court that month.
"My mother had cut off my health insurance before she was required to," he said, adding that he has not had health insurance for the past five years.
The Daily Mail also reported that Rotondo filed a discrimination lawsuit against Best Buy last year, arguing that he was fired for being unable to work on Sundays because of his court visitation schedule. Rotondo declined to comment to Business Insider on any previous employment.
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