A family claim they have been left with 'nowhere to go' after discovering a grim mouse infestation in their home.
Wesley Corner, 28, and Joanne Walker 27, who asked to only be identified by their first names, along with Joanne's eight-year-old daughter Ellie-May, moved into a housing association property in Fairfield in December 2019 but they soon started to notice a pest problem.
Photographs from the house show mice caught in traps and mouse droppings on the floor and underneath kitchen appliances.
The couple say the problem got so bad they decided to leave the property in April when they reported the problem to Onward Homes, and have since been staying with friends or in temporary accommodation.
Onward Homes, the housing association which owns the property, said pest control was usually "the responsibility of the tenant" and claimed the family had "been unwilling to allow access to the property".
Wesley said the ordeal had left the family 'extremely distressed' and that Ellie-May was now staying away from them during the upheaval.
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Wesley told the ECHO: "We don't know exactly how many [rodents] were in the house at any one time but there was a lot of noise and activity around the bathroom and the bedrooms.
"My stepdaughter would wake up in the night screaming that she could see something moving in her room.
"A week or so later, my partner saw a rat in our bedroom at night. Pest control later came round to the house and pulled up the flooring and set traps for some of the rats and that's when I took these photos.
"Since then, the family has been split apart with the little one staying with family and my partner and I having to find other places to sleep each night."
Wesley said that although Onward Homes had offered the family a temporary arrangement at an alternative property on the same street, he said that the family had been "left traumatised" by the incident and did not want to return to the area.
At one point, during the height of the pandemic and lockdown period, the family were placed in temporary accommodation in a hotel room but Wesley claims that this has now been withdrawn by the council.
He says that the family now have "nowhere to go" and claims the situation has severely affected his and his partner's mental health.
He added: "We were given temporary accommodation by the council in a city centre hotel on May 22 after we left the house due to the mice problem. We couldn't carry on living in the house.
"We're not going back to that house. This ordeal has affected or mental health, especially our child's. This has split our family apart."
An Onward Homes spokesperson said: "We have been aware of an ongoing problem with mice at this property. Pest control would normally be the responsibility of the tenant, but due to the presence of specific support needs we agreed to resolve this issue on their behalf.
"However, this has been hampered due to the family being unwilling to allow access to the property, despite frequent attempts over a number of months.
"Throughout this period we have attempted to support the family through regular engagement as we recognise the disproportionate impact the matter is having on them.
"We have advised them with regard to their future re-housing options and helped to administer their rehousing application. Onward also took to the decision to hold back a vacant property in order to offer temporary accommodation, to ensure the family were safely housed whilst we complete the works required to move back home.
"This offer was refused and we have subsequently released the property back to Liverpool City Council to assist with the citywide drive to tackle homelessness.
"We remain committed to supporting the family to resolve their issues."
When approached for comment by the ECHO, a spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: "We do not comment on live cases which have yet to be resolved."