It is hereby ordered that the order so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by granting that part of plaintiff's cross motion for summary judgment on the cause of action for specific performance of the option to purchase and directing the parties to obtain a third appraisal to establish the price of the real property, and as modified the order is affirmed with costs.
Pursuant to the option to purchase, plaintiff was required to pay rent, perform all other covenants in the lease agreement and notify defendant, in writing and during the term of the lease agreement, of his intention to exercise the option at least 60 days prior to the purchase. "[I]t is well settled that in order to validly exercise an option to purchase real property, one must strictly adhere to the terms and conditions of the option agreement" (Weissman v Adler, 187 A.D.2d 647, 648 ; see Galapo v Feinberg, 266 A.D.2d 150 ). Here, the record establishes that plaintiff complied with the conditions precedent and thus validly exercised the option to purchase (see Kaygreen Realty Co., LLC v IG Second Generation Partners, L.P., 78 A.D.3d 1010, 1014 ; cf. Galapo, 266 A.D.2d 150; see generally 2 Dolan, Rasch's Landlord and Tenant—Summary Proceedings § 20:21, at 131 [4th ed]). We further conclude that plaintiff substantially and properly performed the terms and conditions of the option to purchase and that he is therefore entitled to specific performance (see generally Arcy Paint Co. v Resnick, 134 A.D.2d 392 ). We reject plaintiff's contention, however, that he is entitled to a credit for rent paid. Here, the lease agreement specifically provided that "[m]onthly rent shall continue to be paid by [plaintiff] after exercising [the] option [to purchase] and until closing [of the sale]" (see Bostwick v Frankfield, 74 N.Y. 207, 212-213 ; Barbarita v Shilling, 111 A.D.2d 200, 201-202 ).
Contrary to defendant's contention on his appeal, the court properly denied his motion. Defendant's contention that plaintiff breached the option to purchase by failing to produce a formal contract within 60 days of notifying defendant of his intention to exercise the option to purchase is without merit. Furthermore, plaintiff was unable to execute such a contract based on defendant's improper conduct, including its withholding of two appraisal reports from plaintiff. Defendant further contends that the option to purchase constituted an unenforceable