Major renovation and construction projects always promise surprises and pitfalls. Embassy renovations, currently en vogue in Washington, can be particularly tricky. Suitable interim spaces are not easy to locate. Landlords require extensive waivers of immunity.
One of the most beautiful embassy buildings on Massachusetts Avenue, that of Cameroon, is currently undergoing renovation. The embassy found interim facilities on Wisconsin Avenue. The lease expired recently but the renovation is incomplete. Meanwhile, ownership in the interim premises changed.
Harvard Trustees, the new owner, decided to evict the embassy. The complaint in Trustees for Harvard University v. Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is available online, published by the Legal Times. Huffington Post has the story. -- Clemens Kochinke, partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP, Washington, DC.