Twitter sued for non-payment of rent for San Francisco headquarters after Elon Musk takeover

The owner of the company is suing Twitter for rent evasion at its downtown San Francisco headquarters, where the platform has reportedly cut costs heavily under new CEO Elon Musk.

According to a lawsuit filed Thursday by Columbia Property Trust, the company owes $136,260 in unpaid rent.

The freebie was reported on Twitter early last month by The New York Times, which wrote that Musk and his advisers hope to renegotiate the lease after the mass layoffs.

The cut has already begun.

As The Times reported Friday, Twitter has closed its Seattle offices, cutting concierge and security services. Employees had to bring their own toilet paper to work, according to the report.

Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in October and has since cut spending amid what Musk admitted was a “significant drop” in revenue.

Janitors and security personnel have also been fired from the company’s New York and San Francisco offices, where workers have gone on strike demanding higher wages. In San Francisco, Musk reduced the company’s site at 650 California Street from four floors to two, according to The Times.

Twitter agents in San Francisco are located in the Hartford Building at 650 California Street.Getty Images

On Christmas Eve, Musk ordered Sacramento data center employees to shut down key servers to cut costs, The Times reported.

Meanwhile, layoffs continued last week, including in the company’s infrastructure and public policy departments, according to the report.

According to The Times, employees have been asked to defer payments to contractors or suppliers, including accountants and consultants working on key regulatory projects.

The company was also sued for not paying nearly $200,000 for private charter flights made the week Musk took over.

Employees expect new layoffs, the report said.

Elon Musk in a tuxedo with a white tieThe Columbia Property Trust landlord owes $136,260 in unpaid rent, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.Getty Images for the Metropolitan Museum of Art /

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment regarding the retrial.

Musk vowed to step down from running the company after polling whether he should step down. A successor has not yet been chosen.

According to the report, the multibillionaire’s purchase of the social network made him the first person to lose $200 billion.

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