An unemployed 30-year-old man who’s been court-ordered to move out of his parents’ home says he can’t afford moving boxes.
After spending the past eight years freeloading off his parents in upstate New York, Michael Rotondo was ordered by a judge on Thursday to leave by noon on June 1, but said there “might be a problem.”
“I need to start packing my boxes so I can move,” Rotondo said to reporters, according to Syracuse.com. “But I have to pay for the boxes, which might be a problem.”
If Rotondo fails to follow the judge’s order, he faces the possibility of being forcibly removed from the house his mother and father, Christina and Mark, own in Camillus — about 10 miles from Syracuse.
The short deadline was surprising to the slacker, who did not retain a lawyer throughout the proceedings. In an effort to gain more time, Rotondo cited the case of Kosa v. Legg, saying, “there is ‘Common law requirement of six-month notice to quit before tenant may be removed through ejectment action,” CNN reported.
But New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood wasn’t having it.
“I’m granting the eviction,” Judge Greenwood said. “I think the notice is sufficient.”
The judge praised Rotondo for the ingenuity he showed while representing himself, according to Syracuse.com, but perhaps the idling father — who recently lost visitation rights to his child — should apply the same level of resourcefulness to scrounging together a few boxes.
There are, after all, a number of ways to get them for free.
Liquor and grocery stores and wholesale clubs like Costco typically have a surplus of boxes available on site that are otherwise broken down and thrown away. There is an entire “free moving boxes” section of Craiglist and the moving company U-Haul has a Customer Connect message board where customers can post about things like sharing rides and the buying, selling and giving away of moving boxes.
But perhaps paying for boxes won’t be a problem for Rotondo. After leaving court and complaining about the “most unreasonable” ruling, the 30-year-old said that he had a business venture in the works but declined to go into details about it.