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You can try to claim a constructive eviction if the roof leaks are still occurring. In order to do that, you must have notified the landlord of the issue, the landlord must have refused to fix it, and the issue must make the property uninhabitable. This argument may not be as strong.
I believe that the better route would be to sue the landlord for breach of the lease for failing to maintain the property immediately. As part of the damages, add all the contents that have been damaged. Furthermore, pay the rent into the court registry instead of to the landlord. If you win, the money will be returned to you. If you lose, it will be given to the landlord.
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