A Southport firm has found itself in hot water for failing to properly licence a massive property portfolio.

The company has been labelled ‘foolish’ and ‘negligent’ by a judge and hit with a fine and costs totalling more than £11,000 for failing to license a huge portfolio of properties in Liverpool.

Roach Estates and Property Management Limited of Duke Street in Southport was charged with failing to license 29 properties as part of the city’s Landlord Licensing scheme, and found guilty in its absence in October.

During the sentencing hearing in December, District Judge Wendy Lloyd heard how the properties, located throughout the city, had remained unlicensed for substantial periods of time.