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Twitter filed a lawsuit after Elon Musk failed to pay rent on San Francisco offices


Elon Musk’s Twitter is being sued by the San Francisco tech giant’s landlord for non-payment of rent.

According to Bloomberg, Musk owes $136,250 in rent for the offices. Earlier this week it was reported that Twitter has been kicked out of other offices around the world for the same reasons.

The company’s landlord, Columbia Reit, filed a complaint in a San Francisco court on Thursday, alleging it told Twitter on Dec. 16 that they would have to vacate the offices within five days, but they failed to comply, reports Bloomberg.

At the time of writing, there has been no public statement from Twitter about the string of missed rent payments. The company was also sued for non-payment of charter flights.

According to Bloomberg, Musk owes $136,250 in back rent for the offices

The offices are located on the 30th floor of the Hartford Building at 650 California Street in the city’s financial district. The building’s other tenants include Omnicom Group, Affirm and Credit Suisse.

The building is not the company’s headquarters, which is located along Market Street, less than two miles from the California Street location.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Musk is no longer paying rent for Twitter’s Seattle office and also plans to close one of the firm’s New York offices.

The San Francisco headquarters has been downsized from four floors to two, with luxury perks reportedly now scrapped in favor of stinky offices that no longer get cleaned.

And one of the travel expenses that Musk has refused to pay includes a $197,725 tab for private flights that were taken the same week he took over the company.

Many other travel suppliers also went unpaid, according to the Times.

Payment on the private charter bill went to court in New Hampshire.

In another drastic change, the billionaire sent staff to a data storage facility in Sacramento to shut down servers on Christmas Eve. The center was one of three critical server facilities that kept the social network running smoothly.

Some expressed concern that losing the servers could cause problems, but were told the priority was to save money, according to New York Times.

Some workers were pulled out of work over the holiday period because systems crashed and internal data was potentially lost.

Twitter has stopped paying millions of dollars in rent and services over the past few months — with Musk ordering his staff to renegotiate the agreements or end them altogether.

Billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk is shown holding a sink as he enters the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on Oct. 26, 2022

Billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk is shown holding a sink as he enters the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on Oct. 26, 2022

Pictured is Twitter's headquarters in California.  The landlord suing Twitter is not for the company's headquarters, which is located on Market Street, less than two miles from the California Street location

Pictured is Twitter’s headquarters in California. The landlord suing Twitter is not for the company’s headquarters, which is located on Market Street, less than two miles from the California Street location

The company is facing eviction from its Seattle office after failing to pay rent on the building, and security staff have also been cut in Musk’s efforts to save money.

In San Francisco, he unionized workers on two floors and closed four, firing janitors after workers struck for better wages.

According to current and former employees, it left the office smelling of leftover takeout and body odor.

The bathrooms have been left dirty, and Musk is now focusing his efforts on rooting out the sources of press leaks about the company.

He has focused on eliminating people in the company who he believes oppose him – as well as being described as having an “erratic” management style.

Employees say he often interrupts meetings at random and speaks at length, demanding that senior leaders buy into his ideas.

Many employees are expecting more layoffs as U.S. earnings continue to deteriorate — although Musk has hired several new employees to replace those laid off during the massive layoffs.

The SpaceX chief said in a live Twitter forum last week that the company was “an aircraft heading toward the ground at high speed with the engines on fire and the controls not working.”

He claimed Twitter was on track to have a “negative cash flow situation” of around $3 billion in 2023 – attributing it to its “insane” cost-cutting.

Musk said he would appoint a new Twitter CEO after putting him to a vote on the social media platform.

Since early November, he has sought to save about $500 million in non-labor costs and has cut nearly 75 percent of the company’s workforce since taking over.

Musk’s acquisition of Twitter is also partly to blame for the 70 percent drop in the share price of his electric car firm Tesla.

Key investors there are said to be upset that he is not giving the pioneering firm his full attention.


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