Landlord refuses to fix the air conditioner

When my central air conditioning went out I informed my landlord immediately but he didn’t do anything.

After repeated calls, he finally got an HVAC company to come out and take a look.

It seems that the entire HVAC system will need to be replaced. My landlord is not going to have them replace it. He says that air conditioning is a perk not a necessity and that I have to pay to replace it if I want air conditioning. I am not paying to put in a new HVAC unit in a house that I rent. I bought a little window air conditioning unit but it is not doing much to keep the whole house cool. It just keeps the living room cool so I’ve been sleeping there for the time being. When I was complaining about this to a buddy of mine he said that where I live it is illegal for my landlord to do this and that he must pay to replace my air conditioning. I can take him to court if he doesn’t and I can even withhold rent until the HVAC unit is replaced. I did some research online and found this to be the case but when I left a message with my landlord telling him of this he called back and threatened me with eviction and said the police would be on his side. He was really worked up about it. It looks like I will be needing a lawyer. No matter what the outcome is, I will certainly be looking for a new place to rent too. There is no way I want to stay here with a landlord like that.

Commercial air conditioning