holy $#@& it's damp!
The 1920 stick-frame concrete-block-foundation house I rent in Western WA has always been a little damp in the fall and winter -- we regularly get condensation on the inside of the window glass, for instance -- but suddenly this year it's ridiculously damp.
Wooden trivets and my wooden recipe box in the kitchen are moldy (they get handled every couple days or so, so not things way back in storage). There's mildew on the spines of some of our books just in the last week. Sugar and salt used to tend to clump but now they're completely unsalvageable. The bedding on the bed feels damp. Sticks of incense are so moist in the box that they bend. The bathroom is so damp I can't get new peel-and-stick vinyl tile to adhere. And there are suddenly big new patches of mold on the ceilings.
The landlord had a roof guy out, and he swears he can't find anything wrong with the roof (which was replaced 2 years ago). He could be a crappy roof guy, though. The only changes to the house this year were that we stripped wallpaper from the plaster in the living room and painted, we finished about half the wood floors, and I installed wood-frame interior storms covered with plastic window sheeting in the living room and bedrooms (where the windows have massive drafty gaps). We've never had a fan in the bathroom or kitchen (it seems funny to me but city code seems to say that an openable window in each room will suffice).
This is our 8th or 9th winter here and it's never been close to this before. What the heck can be going on? It's pretty bad, and being so sudden it worries me a lot. My landlords are pretty apathetic so having a direction to forcefully point them in might be helpful.