Michael Rotondo officially moved out of his parents' house in Camillus around 9:30 a.m. Friday, a whole 2½ hours ahead of his court-ordered eviction deadline of noon, Syracuse.com reported.
Michael Rotondo honked and waved to reporters Friday morning as he pulled out of the driveway of his parents' home in Camillus, New York.
Rotondo had avoided TV crews staked out on the upstate NY road earlier Friday morning by leaving from the back, but returned around 9:30 a.m.in the passenger seat of a pickup truck. But before he left, he called 911 to report that his father had refused to let him search the basement for his son's Lego toys, Syracuse.com reports. Instead of letting him in, his father offered to look for specific items and bring them out if he found them.
A judge ordered Mr Rotondo to find somewhere else to live last week.
Rotondo will reportedly be staying in an Airbnb while he figured out a long-term plan.
The eviction drama began on February 2 when the parents left their first note, saying Michael had two weeks to vacate his room at the family's Camillus home.
The legal battle isn't over yet, however, as Rotondo believes his parents still possess some artwork worth several thousand dollars and plans to file a lawsuit to get the possessions back. The Legos were found after police arrived.
He said he felt "great" about the move but maintained he wouldn't continue his relationship with his parents.
"There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you", they wrote in one note, dated 18 February.
After that, he tells us he's going to stay with a distant cousin. he just needs to iron out the details.
He gave an extensive interview to the Daily Mail about his 8-year-old son, claiming his problems with his parents stem from his attempts to regain custody rights to the boy.
"This isn't a game show", he said.
Greenwood ruled in favour of Rotondo's parents, Mark and Christina, setting into motion the 30-year-old's eviction. "I don't have to guess what's behind door number one".