HOUSING chiefs have done a u-turn and promised to help a stroke victim redecorate his flat - after it was flooded twice through no fault of his own.

Greenock man William McKenzie, 63, is paralysed down one side and relies on carers coming into his house round the clock to support him.

The Tele reported last December that his flat in Regent Court had been damaged by water from a premises up above.

River Clyde Homes repeatedly refused to help and sent a formal letter telling him they would not be repairing the water damage.

But after they were contacted for a second time the housing association agreed to help.

William, who recently lost his partner of 16 years to cancer, said: "The water damage was from a flat above me.

"Last year a housing officer visited me and told me they would fix it for me but then I heard nothing.

"Then I received a letter from the solicitors saying that they would not do anything for me after all."

Mr McKenzie was advised to contact the Inverclyde Housing Rights Project for support.

But in a letter which included a response from River Clyde Homes, he was told there was nothing more they could do.

They accepted River Clyde Homes' argument that they were not bound to cover the water damage as part of his tenancy agreement and Mr McKenzie was informed he should use home insurance to cover the water damage.

At the time of the water damage from the flats above RCH attended his property and carried out emergency repairs.

Tenant William said: "I need help as I have no one else since my partner Margaret died.

"I have carers coming in four times a day and I get out and about thanks to Shopmobility."

William was with Margaret at home when he suffered a massive stroke four years ago which left him with severe disabilities.

He added: "I would never have been back on my feet if it wasn't for the stroke unit at Inverclyde Royal.

"They were brilliant."

Sadly William suffered more tragedy when his partner Margaret lost her four year battle with cancer in June 2018 aged 52.

Elaine Cannon, service improvement manager at RCH, said: “River Clyde Homes has been in contact with the customer and arranged for painters to attend Mr McKenzie’s property morning to carry out the works.

"Although River Clyde Homes are not obligated to assist customers redecorate their homes, we accept that Mr McKenzie’s situation is unique and are more than happy to help.”