30-year-old moves out of parents’ NY home after court order, 8 years
CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSTM) - After eight years, a court appearance and a subsequent order by a judge, a 30-year-old Camillus man has moved out of his parents' home.
A court order filed by Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood last week stated Michael Rotondo was "required to vacate the residence... on or before the 1st day of June 2018 at 12:00 p.m." Rotondo packed up his items and drove off at about 9:30 a.m., giving a honk and a wave to onlookers.
Rotondo became 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 earlier this month, Christina and Mark Rotondo said they've been trying to get their son to leave their home for several months.
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.
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.
During an appearance in court last week, 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 initially said he planned 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.
The other Michael Rotondos
The shock waves from the viral story about Michael Rotondo of Camillus have also resonated for other Michael Rotondos around the world.
According to HowManyofMe.com, there are 40 people around the world who share the same name — spelling and all — as the 30-year-old from Camillus.
A Michael Rotondo from California made a plea to his followers on Twitter: "Please help me save the name, Michael Rotondo. At first, I thought it was a hilarious coincidence, but now stuff associated with my name is getting out of hand #therealmichaelrotondo."
Over on Facebook, another Michael Rotondo shared the story saying "Hate to break it to you, but this isn't me." His post got more than 450 likes.
Perhaps the Michael Rotondo getting the worst experience of mistaken identity is one who also calls upstate New York home.
"I woke up. My buddy sends me a link for a BBC article saying 'Haha this is funny are you getting sued by your parents?'" a Micahel Rotondo from the Albany area said. "My inbox has been filled with many people laughing at me. Basically saying 'Poor Mike.'"
If the area he calls home and the name weren't enough to make Albany's Michael Rotondo easy to confuse for the Camillus Michael Rotondo at first glance, there's more: he's also roughly the same age and, as it just so happens, is also looking for a place to live.
Michael Rotondo of Albany says that has made for a "crazy, crazy ride" for him, but he wants one thing to be clear:
"My parents have actually been very supportive of me, so I'm not getting sued by my parents," Rotondo said. "I love my parents immensely. Again, I have not been sued by my parents."