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That is a good question. Even though it is the same address, the city should not be allowed to preclude you from switching the bill to your name - as long as no outstanding balance is in place relative to the address. If you pay off the remaining balance, you should be able to switch it to your name without issue. The city does have the legal authority to deny the switch until the balance is paid, however, since the same individuals will still legally reside in the house.
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