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Twitter Sued for Failing To Pay Rent at San Francisco Office

Written by Annie GausPublished Jan. 01, 2023 • 9:22am
The logo on the exterior of Twitter headquarters, as seen from Steel + Lacouer hair salon in San Francisco | Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard

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A landlord for Twitter filed a lawsuit late last week accusing the company of skipping out on $136,250 in rent payments for the 30th floor of an office tower at 650 California St.

The landlord, Columbia Reit – 650 California LLC, says it served a default notice to Twitter on Dec. 16. Five days elapsed, and no payment was made, triggering the lawsuit. The landlord is seeking back rent, plus interest and attorney’s fees.

Twitter and CrossInstall, an adtech startup it acquired in 2020, rented the 30th floor of 650 California under a seven-year lease signed in September 2017, according to a legal filing.

The lawsuit was first reported by Bloomberg.

Under Elon Musk’s ownership, Twitter had reportedly stopped paying rent at many of its global offices, including at its Mid-Market headquarters in San Francisco, amid drastic cost-cutting and other changes to the site’s operations and content policies.

Shorenstein Properties and JP Morgan, who own Twitter’s Mid-Market headquarters, were reportedly struggling to refinance their loan on that property late last year.

Twitter was contacted for comment, although the company is believed to have eliminated its media department.

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Annie Gaus can be reached at [email protected]


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