Twitter sued in San Francisco and London as Elon Musk adopts extreme approach

Following Elon Musk's acquisition, the social media firm left its offices close to Piccadilly Circus and was forced to vacate its Singapore location

Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, has reportedly adopted extreme cost-cutting measures, including simply not paying the bills. 

As a result, landlords in San Francisco and London have filed lawsuits against the company for failure to pay rent on its offices.

In the UK’s capital, the crown estate in London, which looks after King Charles III’s property, last week brought a lawsuit against Twitter.

According to the BBC, the alleged rental arrears include office space in downtown London close to Piccadilly Circus.

According to records filed on Friday with the supreme court of California, Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters owner has also launched a lawsuit against Twitter after the social media company missed its most recent monthly rent payment for January, totaling $3.4 million.

This follows a report from earlier this month that said Twitter was being sued and owed $136,260 in back rent on a different office in San Francisco.

Workers at a Twitter office in Singapore were also evicted in January because the building’s rent was not paid.

The actions came shortly after Elon Musk, the co-owner of Tesla and SpaceX, took control of Twitter in October of last year.

More than 500 customers apparently stopped purchasing, and well-known companies like Audi and Pfizer reportedly stopped running advertisements, causing the social media company to experience a 40% loss in revenue.

According to the BBC, the social media company was contacted by the crown estate regarding alleged rental arrears at its office premises before legal action was taken.

Although the portfolio belongs to the king, the estate is one of the biggest landowners in the UK and is not considered private property.

In exchange for the sovereign grant, which is given to the king, the estate’s income is transferred to the Treasury for use by the government.

The billionaire’s property problems are only his most recent legal issue; in recent days, he has been testifying in a separate class-action case brought by Tesla investors who claim Musk’s 2017 tweet misled them about funds to take the electric carmaker private.

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