David Stewart, 38, and his wife Lisa, 29, whose youngsters are all under seven, claim the cramped conditions are unhealthy for their young family.
Solomon, six, Clementine, five, Donald, four, Katy-Anne, three, twins Joshua and Sophie, two, and three-month-old baby April are 'crammed in like sardines' and making them depressed, Mr Stewart says.
Their home has three bedrooms, but one is filled with furniture bought by the family in case they move somewhere larger.
Mr Stewart has accused his local council in the Highlands of losing his application form for a new house exchange twice and prioritising new families in the area.
Mr Stewart said his family's sleeping arrangements are causing stress and has called for more space for his children
Mr Stewart said he and his wife fear for the health of their children living in such crowded conditions.
'I put in for an exchange five years ago but I knew these things took time and was prepared to be patient.
'Later I put in a second application, widening the geographic area, because I felt it might increase our chances if we were willing to be housed in other places.
'Then I heard of a four-bedroom house becoming available locally and I went to the council to ask if I could be considered for it. I was shocked to be told they didn’t even have an application from me.
'They said it must have gone astray in the post, but I didn’t understand how that could happen twice.
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