A married couple from New York State is taking their free-loading, 30-year-old millennial son to court for refusing to leave their home.
Christina and Mark Rotondo say they have been trying to get their son Michael to move out for months now. According to WSTM, Christina and Mark gave their son a number of written warnings that went ignored.
On February 2, for example, the couple informed Mark that he must leave their residence within 14 days. When he remained, squatting in their home some two weeks later, the parents issued him a note declaring him "hereby evicted," giving him until March 15 to get the heck out. When that, too, was ignored, the parents issued yet another note, which said in part, "we have seen no indication that you are preparing to leave."
Unsuccessful, they turned to a different approach: suing him.
The Rotondos "filed court documents to have the case heard by the Supreme Court of New York State," reports WSTM. "The filings state that the couple has been told they cannot evict Michael since he is a family member, and he will have to be removed through an ejectment proceeding."
Michael's response to his parents taking him to court was beyond pathetic: The 30-year-old said the five written notices from mommy and daddy did not give him enough time to pack his bags and get out. Seriously. Michael even cited Kosa vs. Legg as precedent to back his claim, a case which states "that there is Common law requirement of six-month notice to quit before tenant may be removed through ejectment action."
Michael also claims that he has "never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement."
Millennials staying at home, or returning home from college to live with their parents is incredibly common. According to Pew research from 2016, 18-34 year olds living with their parents edged out all other living arrangements for the first time in the modern era. It's estimated that nearly a third of the 18-34-year-old population has either yet to leave home or has returned home, a phenomenon dubbed "failure to launch."
A hearing for the matter is set for Tuesday.