From This is Money:
Mortgage lenders widely offered tracker mortgages of 0.5% or more below bank rate until around 18 months ago and today’s cut to the bank rate to 1% has left at least one now straying into negative territory.
Cheltenham & Gloucester offered a tracker mortgage at bank rate minus 1.01% in the summer of 2007, leaving its borrowers with an interest rate of less than zero after the Bank of England cut rates to 1% today.
Meanwhile, thousands of borrowers who opted for low rate trackers will now be paying 0.5% interest or less.
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Mortgage lenders have confirmed that if their tracker rates fall into negative territory they will not pay out money to customers. But those who have seen rates track to below 0% should ultimately end up paying no interest.
C&G says its systems cannot deal with zero or negative rates and 0.001% will be charged ‘until the computer systems can be adjusted’.
This gives an interest payment of 8p per month…
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