It is unsurprising that the ever-rising tide of business rates has caused a sharp increase in the number of appeals lodged with the Valuation Office Authority.
What is more worrying is that, by the end of June, 2019, the number of unsuccessful first-stage appeals soared by a third (from 9260 to 12,580 ). This represents a massive problem for business: firstly, there is a surge in rates increases (the West End has seen a 36% increase in rates bills, for example, based on revised property values); secondly, the overloaded appeals process has created a serious backlog in claims, which may be unsuccessful, despite a mighty investment of time and effort.
Commercial Property Advisors (CPA) offers a worry-free rapid response to all requests for help and advice: its professional services include surveys, and a detailed approach to such technical questions as recent changes to physical layout and design.
CPA knows that, in order to survive modern trading conditions, firms need the time to concentrate all their energies on what they do best, while entrusting specialists in rates reductions like CPA, to lodge appeals which often win thousands in back-dated compensation, and a more stable rates base for the future.