Harvard appears to be moving to secure its borders against other nation states. In an interesting landlord-tenant dispute, Harvard has charged that Cameroon is squatting on its property on embassy row. The country has been the university’s tenant for two years but its lease expired a week ago. A week? That is not a lot of time for almost 19 million people to collect their stuff, get moving buddies, a truck, and find a new crib.
Harvard notes that the country is still listing its building as an official embassy site and says that the problem is clearly the result of renovations at its large embassy building going on longer than expected.
Harvard filed papers stating that “[t]he Court (should) issue a Writ of Restitution directing the U.S. Marshals Service to execute the eviction.” This came after Harvard offered a three-month extension but did not hear back from its tenants. Thus, “[b]ecause the Embassy has improperly held over after the end of the Lease Term, (Harvard) is entitled to a judgment for possession of the Premises.”
Just wait until Harvard finds out about Cameroon having cats under the no-pets lease.
The country may wish to be careful on challenges. The Supreme Court has six justices who either graduated or attended Harvard. The three Yale graduates (Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Sonia Sotomayor) do not even have enough to grant cert.
So if you are a country looking for a cool crib near Dupont Circle, this property may soon be available though it has limited storage and excess Cameroonians.