The court will not enforce his eviction since the apartment is illegal. In fact he might have a very heavy fine for renting to you. Suggest you look for another place and if he ever does file a suit against you for unpaid rent, you can claim 2x the security deposit. Report him NOW for removing the stove which is a violation of the health code.
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