A currently jointly owns his property with B and C as tenants in common. A owns 25% of the equitable interest, with B and C owning the remainder equally.
If A gifts his remaining share of the property to B and C, but continues to jointly occupy the property, would this be a gift with reservation of benefit, or would s.102B(4) prevent this? A would continue to fully contibute to household bills etc.
I am concerned that, if A had no equitable interest then he wouldn’t have any right to occupy the property at all. The risk would then be that, if the donees permit him to continue in occupation would this may be argued to be a “benefit in connection with the gift”.
If the above would be a gift with reservation, could this outcome be avoided if A merely gifted a portion (say 20%) and retained a portion (say 5%) for himself? Is there any de minimis?