6:3-4. Summary Actions Between Landlord and Tenant
- (a) No Joinder of Actions. Summary actions between landlord and tenant for the recovery of premises shall not be joined with any other cause of action, nor shall a defendant in such proceedings file a counterclaim or third-party complaint. A party may file a single complaint seeking the possession of a rental unit from a tenant of that party and from another in possession of that unit in a summary action for possession provided that (1) the defendants are separately identified by name or as otherwise permitted by R. 4:26-5(c) or (d) and R. 4:26-5(e), and (2) each party's interests are separately stated in the complaint.
- (b) Acquisition of Title From Tenant; Option to Purchase. When the landlord acquired title from the tenant or has given the tenant an option to purchase the property, the complaint shall recite those facts.
- (c) Form of Complaint in Non-Payment Cases. Complaints in summary actions for possession of residential premises based on non-payment of rent must be verified in accordance with R. 1:4-7, must expressly state the owner's identity, the relationship of the plaintiff to the owner, the amount of rent owed as of the date of the complaint and that if this amount and any other rent that comes due is paid to the landlord or the clerk at any time before the trial date, or before 4:30 p.m. on the day of trial, the case will be dismissed. The amount of rent owed for purposes of the dispossess action can include only the amount that the tenant is required to pay by federal, state or local law and the lease executed by the parties. The complaint shall be substantially in the form set forth in the model verified complaint contained in Appendix XI-X to these Rules.
- (d) Notices. Complaints in all tenancy actions shall have attached thereto copies of all notices upon which the plaintiff intends to rely.