Is no A/C in a rental even legal?

It looks like I will be needing a good lawyer

After my air conditioning went out, I called up my landlord and told him about it immediately. but he didn’t do anything about it for a long time. After repeated calls, he finally got an HVAC repair men out here to come and take a look at it. it turned out that the entire HVAC system will need to be replaced. My landlord is not going to have them replace it though. He says that the air conditioning is a perc and not a necessity. I will have to replace it if I want air conditioning. I’m not going to pay to put in a new HVAC unit and a house that I only rent. I bought a little window air conditioner, but it’s not doing much to keep the house cool. It just keeps the bedroom cool which is all I really need for sleep. However, I was complaining about this to a friend of mine, and he said that it is a legal for my landlord to do this. The landlord must pay to replace the air conditioner. I can even take him to court if he doesn’t. Or, I can withhold rent until the HVAC unit is replaced. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that this is in fact the case. I left a message for my landlord explaining everything to him. He said if I try to withhold rent he will have me evicted and the police will help evict me, if necessary he seemed really angry about it. It looks like I will be needing a good lawyer. It also looks like I’m going to be needing a new house to rent. There’s no way I want to stay here with a landlord like that, no matter what the outcome.

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