Renting in an old, leaky, country home
I found a wonderful little bachelor apartment that was made in an old country house that was converted into 3 apartments. The landlord has bought surrounding land and I've been told by other tenants that this house will be torn down to make townhouses one day. Understandably the landlord doesn't want to invest a lot of money into the house if it will just be torn down but I want to live comfortably and safely here for as long as possible. I adore my apartment and want to make some adjustments to make it more livable but am trying to invest in items that I can take to my next apartment with me.
The biggest problem is a leaky bathroom. I have photos of one of the worst rainfalls but don't know how to approach the landlord. He's not going to want to replace the roof but the shingles, what ones are left on the roof, are a mess and it obviously needs fixing. He has a family member who in the roofing business so I think there should be a temporary fix that can waterproof the roof for a few years. The leaks vary on the way the wind is blowing so I never know which spot in the bathroom will leak and one common space is right above the toilet making it uncomfortable to use when it leaks (one time it was so bad I was tempted to get an umbrella). The main areas of leaks are a fan (?) in the ceiling and cracks in the plaster. I checked the attic to see if I could find a main leak I could put a bucket under to prevent it from going into the bathroom but I couldn't find water in the attic.
Also during a storm a tree fell against the side of the house and damaged the brick side which has leaded to water leaking behind a lovely built in shelf unit just outside the bathroom. I really was looking forward to using that spot for storage including books but I had to move them and now have plastic containers and stuff there that I don't care if it gets wet. I'd love to water proof it and use it without worrying about moving stuff everytime it rains.
Mold is also a big concern for me so I placed my air filter in the bathroom (when I bought it I made sure it would filter out mold because I was living in a basement). Is this enough to protect from mold in the walls? My apartment is not the only one that is experiencing leaking and their efforts have not produced much results. The building will be torn down but I have no idea when this might happen, there are other factors involved and I broke my savings to finally settle here and want to save up before I have to move again.
I have seen window installing that is like saran wrap that adheres to the edges with double-sided tape and is stretched with a hairdryer to even out the wrinkles. I was wondering if I could do something similar with the leaks? My idea was a saran wrap type material that is all sticky on one side so leaks don't have a large area to pool inside it. I'm not sure about cocking/sealant because I'm not sure where to apply it since leaks look like they are dripping down and appearing in other spots rather than the spot of the actually leak.
Does anyone have any advice on a way to possibly seal the leaks on the inside to prevent water damage inside and might help protect against mold?
Is the air filter in the bathroom enough protection for me and my cat against possible mold?
Is there an economic solution I can suggest to the landlord when I show him the photos of the leaks in my bathroom? I totally understand not wanting to invest a lot of money into a house that will be torn down but if it will be a couple of years before this happens perhaps a band aid can offer an affordable, effective solution for all living here.
Is there a way to treat the shelving unit from future leaks damaging items stored there?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! This apartment is amazing for the price and layout for a bachelor with extra perks and its got such character that I just love it. I want to stay here a long time but not if my possessions will become water damaged, I have to use an umbrella to use the bathroom, and our health is in danger due to long term exposure to mold (I assume where there is leaking, there is mold, I have no proof of the mold because I can't see in the walls).