Water seepage from bathroom into kitchen

Hi all
I am about to move into a unit which seems to have a plumbing problem in the bathroom. It seems that waste water from the bathtub is leaking into the cavity below the tub (which is sealed) and is seeping through the walls into the adjacent room (the kitchen). The result is a damp, black track along the base of the kitchen wall and a very unpleasant smell (in the kitchen, that is). The bathroom does not suffer this problem and has no smell. How can this be fixed? Does it mean that the bathtub has to be ripped out and sealed properly? Im guessing it is a big job, but it may take some time for the owner (a government department :) to fix it.
In the meantime, what can I do to at least reduce the smell, which is very off-putting. The only thing I can think of is to use bleach to kill any mould/germs. Any other suggestions?
Thanks MQ
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Yes, bleach could be used as a temporary stopgap. Your next step is to communicate in writing with the owner to report the problem. Ask the owner whether they already have a plumbing contractor of choice. Also, who can authorize the plumber to perform the work and payment of the bill. If there is on-site management, get them to sign a document that recognizes the matter as a pre-existing problem (as with anything else you find unserviceable). You don't want to have to pay for something that was already broken. Now since there is a potential mold issue which could contaminate YOUR belongings, I would ask for another unit while this one is repaired. What you can SEE on the floor is not the whole problem. If it gets into your clothing, you might have to discard the clothing as well. Not a good result.
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Could be the waste and overflow or the plumbing behind the wall fill the tub half way put the plug in the drain dry all around the tub and give it an hour if no water pull plug, if water appears then you have a drain promblem if it only gets wet when the fixture is working then it is pipes or fittings behind wall. Bleach will help to control for now but you will probaly have to open walls up aroud tub to solve. MQ wrote:

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