After Elon Musk took over Twitter, he introduced several cost-cutting measures, including not paying the rent for the office spaces it occupies. As a result, Twitter is facing the possibility of getting evicted from one of its most iconic offices, the one in Seattle.
According to a report by The New York Times and Platformer, Twitter will not be relocating their Seattle staff to some other property in the city and has chosen to shut down the office altogether. Seattle staff members have apparently been allowed to work from home.
Since 2014, the social media company’s Seattle office has been at Century Square tower downtown in a space accommodating 200 workers. Musk had already cut janitorial and security services at Twitter’s Seattle office earlier this week as the staff prepares to get evicted.
Twitter had laid off 208 Seattle-based employees earlier this year when he terminated about 3700 people of the previous 7200 staff members who worked at Twitter. Before Musk owned Twitter, Seattle was the company’s second-largest engineering hub outside the San Francisco headquarters.
In a bid to cut costs after taking over Twitter, Musk has been on an all-out mission to curtail what he sees as “unnecessary spending” at any cost. First, he removed the program where staffers working from Twitter’s offices would get meals. Then, he auctioned off several items from Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.
Had Twitter been evicted due to a lawsuit, it would have been tough for them to sign a lease to rent office scape anywhere in the city. To avoid such a situation, Musk moved even before the property owner, Unico Properties, filed an eviction lawsuit. The landlord of Twitter’s Seattle office can still sue the company for outstanding rent and other damages.