...but you cannot make him drink.
The administration of this old folks home told us it is "state law" that there must be a residents' council. So dutifully we made one.
And we appointed officers who hate the job. They hate confrontation, and hate to be the go-betweens between landlord and tenant. Finally the officers said "no more". We have scheduled elections for tomorrow... but nobody wants to run.
Who can blame them. We are retired, tired, feeble, and aged. No one wants to take the job of toreador to the administrations bull. Getting gored is not part of a happy retirement.
So tomorrow, no doubt, the association will lie fallow, be leaderless, dormant, and defunct.
How can the state law tell us we "have to have one", when there is no one to do it. I think the state law must actually say that the landlords "cannot prohibit" one. Anyhow, I think that is what we will presume.
"...You cannot make him drink." Old adages sometimes make more sense than state law.