From an installation perspective – yes. From a landlord and tenant law and contract perspective – no.

As the owner of the freehold for your home you have complete freedom over what you do and when you do it if your boiler needs replacing (beyond economical repair). You may choose not to replace the boiler relying instead on a secondary heat source such as a solid fuel burning appliance. You may choose to shop around and obtain estimates and quotations for replacing the boiler or simply delay replacing the boiler until you have decided how to finance the work.

Your rental property is a business with a turnover and with that business comes implied obligations (law) and express obligations (tenancy agreement) that relate to repairs – you do not have the same freedom you do with your own home. The most obvious statute that would apply to this situation are the Defective Premises Act 1972, the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. Your failure to have a duty of care for a tenant and a breach of the law can be costly – plus you could have an unhappy tenant.

Further Reading

How much time does a landlord have to carry out a repair? {Jungle Property blog article}

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