A tracker mortgage is a mortgage that has its rate tied to the European Central Bank rate. AIB and other banks looked to force people as many people as it could off of loss-making mortgages. After the market crash in 2008, it became expensive for many banks to borrow. The banks hurt themselves a lot with bad lending practices before the market crash. Once the market did crash, many of the mortgages were actually costing the banks money.
Instead of taking the financial burden, many of the banks looked to be sneaky. They looked to push people off of the mortgages in questionable ways. The Irish Times estimate that scandal costs have surpassed 1.5 billion Euro.
What is even more crazy is that financial services knew about the banks being suspect. Many people went to court and lost. However, it is believed that many of the banks had a voice on these committees.
PTSB and Springboard Mortgages were the first two banks caught in the scandal. It is estimated that 1,400 people had their loans mismanaged by both companies. Some of those people lost their homes. After investigating a little deeper, the Central Bank realized the problem was more extensive than they imagined. The Central bank estimates as many as 20,000 homeowners had their mortgages mishandled by many banks throughout Ireland.
It took some time for the Tracker Mortgage Scandal to come to life. The relationship between banks and customers is as fragile as it has been in quite some time now.