Twitter Singapore Staff Evicted: Musk Fails to Pay Rent
Twitter Staff Forced to Tweet from Home as Musk Misses Rent Payment
13 January 2023
Twitter’s Singapore staff were forced to evacuate the office premises in chaos, over non-payment of rent.
The staff has now has been asked to stop coming to the office and work remotely.
According to Platformer's Casey Newton, the employees were "walked out" of the office by the organisation.
Elon Musk, soon after taking over Twitter, ordered for the finance departments worldwide to halt payments to vendors utilized by the platform.
Additionally, he also ceased paying rent for the various office spaces occupied by Twitter globally. This has resulted in landlords in multiple cities planning to sue the company, with some already filing the necessary paperwork to do so, causing a difficult situation.
After becoming the head of the company, Musk eliminated remote work options, except for rare cases that he personally approves, mandating all staff to work at the office for a minimum of 40 hours per week.
He instilled an “extremely hardcore” work culture, characterized by long hours and high intensity, and stated that those unable to comply are welcome to leave the company.
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As previously reported, Musk's refusal to pay rent is part of his plans to cut expenses at Twitter, with the possibility of bankruptcy not being ruled out.
This month, the landlord of Twitter's office in downtown San Francisco filed a lawsuit against the company, seeking $136,260 in overdue rent, attorney's fees and other expenses.
The landlord claims that the company owes this amount in overdue rent. The company, headquartered at 1355 Market St in San Francisco, where it has reportedly fallen behind on rent, is facing a lawsuit filed on December 29 in state court.
According to reports, rooms at the Twitter headquarters, owned by Musk, were converted into bedrooms, complete with unmade mattresses, drab curtains, and large work monitors.