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First, the deadline is an immovable issue.
There is nothing that can legally be done by the 19th. That is simply too tight a deadline. What I'm about to describe is not convenient, but legally this is what happens in situations like this.
You pay the bill (again), then you go after the landlord's brother in small claims
court for compensation. Once you get a judgment you can then go after him and collect it. That will take a few weeks to file and get a court date.
As for putting the utilities in a new tenant's name, that should not be a problem. That is not going to affect the claim the utility has on what it is presently owed.
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