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Holiday and Winter Weather Recommendations

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and would like to express our gratitude for your choosing to make your home with us and KBC.  With Winter Holidays and colder weather just around the corner we’d like to provide you with important recommendations and reminders relating to your KBC apartment.  Best wishes for a safe and delicious holiday season.


  • Please wrap a sheet or tarp around your tree as you bring it through buildings with common hallways. Be courteous to your Manager and vacuum up any debris that comes with the tree.
  • Water live trees daily and keep at least six (6) ft. from heat or fire sources
  • Check holiday lights (new or old) for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
  • Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.


Theft is more prevalent around the holidays.  If you are expecting packages and are not home to receive personally, we suggest you consider requiring a signature for delivery or arranging to pick up your package at transit stations.  Delivery companies will leave packages at exterior building entries or in lobbies and we have no control over this practice.  Please do not let strangers into locked entries or buzz someone in claiming to be a delivery person unless you are on site to meet them.

Although the weather has been mild, a cold snap can suddenly occur.  In order to help prevent the inconvenience of frozen pipes in your apartment, please follow these instructions:

  • Notify your Manager if you plan to be away from your apartment for several days or more, especially if there is severe cold weather forecast.
  • Please leave cabinet doors under sinks open during prolonged cold periods so that warm air can reach plumbing pipes and drains.
  • If your apartment has plumbing that adjoins an outside wall, you may need to allow a slow drip of water to occur from your faucet during any severe cold period. Check with your Manager if you are unsure.
  • Please keep personal items a minimum of three (3) feet away from your apartment heaters.

Fall Season Reminders

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful Autumn weather. As the season changes, we’d like to remind you of important safety and security issues related to your apartment. Thank you for your attention to these important items.

HEATER SAFETY:  Please keep personal items a minimum of three (3) feet away from your apartment heaters.  We recommend that you use your apartment heaters instead of portable space heaters, which may be associated with fires.  If you do use a space heater, please note the following recommendations:

  • Look for a safety-certification label from an independent testing organization, such as the UL mark from Underwriters Laboratories, the ETL label from Intertek, or certification from CSA International.
  • NEVER operate a heater you suspect is damaged. Before use, inspect the power cord for cracks, fraying or loose connections, and broken plugs.
  • Do not use extension cords or power strips with heaters.
  • Keep the heater clear of all items at least 3 feet on all sides.
  • Place heater on stable, level surface where it will not be knocked over.
  • Never leave a heater operating while unattended or while you’re sleeping.

Please test all Smoke Detectors in your apartment each month to ensure they work.
To test the smoke detector, depress the test button.  If the detector does not sound a signal, contact your Manager immediately for assistance.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR TESTING (present only if gas heat or cooking)
Use the same procedure indicated above for testing Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
Note:  If the Carbon Monoxide Detector goes off, there may be high levels of Carbon Monoxide gas in your apartment.  Immediately do the following:

  1. Turn off appliances or heaters which may be the source of the carbon monoxide.
  2. Open doors and windows to get fresh air into the premises.
  3. Leave the apartment.
  4. Contact NW Natural Gas at 1-800-882-3377 so they can test for any leaks.
  5. Contact your Resident Manager and advise of the problem.

Street cleaning occurs in the Fall and on your block, you will need to move your car in order to avoid being towed by the City.  If you are leaving town, check to see if street cleaning will occur in your absence and park accordingly.

Delivery companies (UPS, Fed Ex, Amazon) are able to leave packages at exterior building entries, or if the driver gains entry inside, by a tenant’s door or mailbox.  We do not have control over this and packages left in common areas have at times gone missing. If you are expecting packages, we suggest that you consider requiring a signature for delivery, or arrange to pick up your package at transit stations to avoid such possibility. Please do not buzz someone in claiming to be delivery person unless you are on site to meet them.

Tenant Referral Program

Do you have a friend or acquaintance looking for an apartment?  If you refer someone to a KBC Property who is approved and moves in, we will give you a $200 Rent Credit in the month following the new tenant’s occupancy.  The applicant must advise the Manager with whom they apply that they were referred by you at the time applying.  We appreciate your tenancy and recommendation.