Elon Musk’s Twitter is being sued by the tech giant’s San Francisco landlord for unpaid rent.
According to Bloomberg, Musk owes $136,250 in rent for the offices. Earlier this week, it was reported that Twitter was being pulled from other offices around the world for the same reasons.
The company’s landlord, Columbia Reit, filed a lawsuit in San Francisco on Thursday, alleging that it told Twitter on Dec. 16 it had to vacate its offices within five days, but failed to do so, Bloomberg reported.
At the time of writing, there has been no statement from Twitter about the non-payment of rent. The company is also being sued for non-payment of charter flights.
According to Bloomberg, Musk owes $136,250 in 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. Other tenants in the building include Omnicom Group, Affirm and Credit Suisse.
The building is not the company’s headquarters, which is located along Market Street, two miles from California Street.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Musk is no longer paying rent on Twitter’s Seattle office and is also planning to close one of the firm’s New York offices.
The San Francisco headquarters has been downsized from four floors to two, and luxury perks have reportedly been scrapped in favor of smelly offices that no longer get cleaned.
One of the travel expenses Musk refused to pay was a $197,725 tip for private flights the week he took over the company.
Numerous other travel vendors also went unpaid, according to the Times.
The charge on that private charter bill went to court in New Hampshire.
In another drastic change, the billionaire sent employees 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 the loss of servers could cause problems, but according to the New York Times, the priority was said to be saving money.
Some employees were hired over the holidays because systems were down and internal data was potentially lost.
Twitter has stopped paying millions of dollars in rent and service fees in the past few months — with Musk ordering employees to renegotiate the contracts or stop them altogether.
Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk poses with a sink as he enters the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on October 26, 2022.
Pictured, Twitter’s California headquarters. The host suing Twitter is not for the company’s headquarters along Market Street, two miles from California Street.
The company is facing eviction from its Seattle office because it hasn’t paid rent on the building, and security staff is being cut as Musk tries to save money.
In San Francisco, he consolidated workers on two floors and closed four, laying off janitors after workers went on strike for better pay.
It left the office smelling of leftover food and body odor, according to current and former employees.
The bathrooms have been left dirty, and Musk is now continuing his efforts to eliminate sources of leaks to the press about the company.
He focuses on removing people within the company he believes are against him, and is also described as having an “unstable” management style.
Employees claim that he often randomly interrupts meetings and holds long talks, requiring senior leaders to sound boards for his ideas.
Although Musk has hired several new workers to replace those who were laid off during the massive layoffs, many workers are expecting more layoffs as U.S. earnings numbers continue to rise.
The SpaceX chief said in a live Twitter forum last week that the company had “an aircraft headed for the ground at high speed with the engines on fire and the controls not working.”
He claims Twitter is on track to achieve a “negative cash flow position” of around $3 billion in 2023 – which he attributes to its “crazy” cost cutting.
Musk has announced that he will appoint a new CEO to Twitter after putting it 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 laid off about 75 percent of the company’s workforce since taking office.
Musk’s purchase of Twitter was partly responsible for the 70 percent drop in shares of his electric car firm Tesla.
Major investors there are said to be concerned that he is not giving the flagship firm his undivided attention.