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If the landlord is unable to provide possession of the leased premises to you, they are, indeed, in breach. You may sue for your damages and, depending on the remedies available in the lease if it addresses an interruption in possession, terminate the agreement.
As far as the utilities, it is possible to share the utilities on a pro rata basis if there is no separate meter, but the breach (and losing possession of the premises for 6 weeks is a major breach) would likely allow the cancellation of the lease if you want out.
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