Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance Deputy Pearse Doherty has asked that sales of outstanding mortgages to vulture funds be ruled out.
He was responding to confirmation by Ulster Bank that it will compensate 4,500 customers who hold offset mortgages with the bank as it withdraws from the Irish market.
The Donegal TD said there should be a clear expectation that these mortgage loans are sold to mainstream lenders, and not vulture funds.
“Today, Ulster Bank has announced that 4,500 of its mortgage customers will receive compensation as they lose their offset mortgage facility,” he said.
“This allowed customers to reduce the interest on their mortgage by either using funds in their current or savings accounts, or to move money they had on deposit to reduce their mortgage balance. It is clear that Ulster Bank have now paved the way for the sale of these 4,500 mortgage loans. There should be a clear expectation that these loans are sold to and purchased by a mainstream mortgage lender. They should not be sold to vulture funds.”
Deputy Doherty said Ulster Bank has changed the terms of these customers’ mortgages.
“It is now incumbent on them to rule out their sale to any vulture fund. Today I have written to the CEO of Ulster Bank seeking this assurance,” he added.
“This is also an opportunity for the remaining retail banks to show they value the interests of consumers, and recognise the harm done by previous loan sales to vulture funds. I urge the retail banking sector not to fail this crucial test.”