Twitter sued over ‘unpaid rent’ for London office

British landlord Twitter said Tuesday it is suing the social media for failing to pay rent for its central London offices.

The Crown Estate, a company that manages land and property owned by the British monarchy, said it had filed a lawsuit in the High Court over the back rent of an office space near Piccadilly Circus.

The spokesperson said he had previously contacted Twitter and was currently in talks with the company.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, bought Twitter for $44bn (£35bn) last October.

He fired half the staff and reportedly stopped paying office rent to try to raise funds after taking on massive debt to buy the company.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the owner of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters is suing the company for not paying nearly $6.8 million in December and January rent.

Twitter has a London office in an Air Street complex called Air W1, owned by the Crown Estate.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Twitter signs and logos have been removed, but one employee said the company is still there.

Twitter UK began using the office in 2014, according to Companies House, which lists it as its registered address.

The Crown Estate is an independently managed portfolio of land, property and other assets owned by the monarchy.

His commercial income goes to the treasury, and the monarch receives an annual allowance of 15 percent of his profits, called the Sovereign Grant.

The Crown Estate says it owns more than 2.6 million square feet (241,550 square meters) of office space in central London.