This is an all too common scenario that CPA comes across. With the average #businessrates appeal taking between 6-12 months to complete, normally within that time, the tenant has had to relocate due to the extortionate cost of the business rates. This can be the mistake of the tenant for not checking the costs first but more often than not, it is an unfair rateable value that is woefully out of date. The backlog of cases that the valuation office is currently dealing with can have a significant effect on SME's in these situations. CPA does offer pre-emptive advice for free to anyone looking into new commercial premises. Any new rateable should always get looked over by a professional, like any outgoing a business has, you should never settle on a high price when it can be reviewed and reduced.