The issue here is not how many notifiable jobs were cocked up in one way or another ... it's about the monstrous cock-up that the newly mandated EICRs represent. It's normal that the sparks conducting the inspection and testing required for an EICR will want to cover their ar8es, so they will err on the side of caution, even if that is over the top. Something which is clearly a C3 for most, but where a case COULD be made that it might be a C2 under certain circumstances, will quite frequently be listed as a C2 if there is any (even remote) possibility that giving it the C3 that it should have could end up causing future hassles for the spark. Not only will a typical spark avoid any risk in giving it a C2, but they could even earn some money rectifying the issue. The guidelines are far too open to interpretation and landlords are unlikely to be wise enough to know when they're being strung along; so they basically end up at the mercy of sometimes devious but usually cautious sparks, who really don't want their work turning into a liability case. I have no idea what the perfect solution would be, but the current situation is already a mess and it's only been mandatory for new tenancies for a couple of months. Just wait until EICRs are mandated for existing tenancies starting in April 2012 ... then we'll see the real mess this has got us into.