To ensure there is a clear period to the tenancy, and so that the notice period is clear, the rent payments have to be made on or before the start date on a rolling monthly basis.
Can the tenant pay on a different date than that stated on the contract?
Of course, if a tenant would prefer to pay the rent on a different day that is fine. It's simply due before the recurring period date. As such, the tenant can pay the rent on the same day they get paid, and it will simply go towards the next month's rent.
There is no need for a provision in the contract to state when, exactly, the money will be received, just that it is due by a certain date.
Can I use a different rental period to the payment period?
If you aren't happy with this advice, and plan to use a different rental period to your payment period, we would advise speaking to a lawyer. Our ASTs are all editable via custom clauses.
You can find out how to modify the contract here: