Self employed tenant default, poor references not checked by agency, any comeback?

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    Self employed tenant default, poor references not checked by agency, any comeback?

    Hi There, I wonder if someone can help me here. I had a tenant that was sourced by an agent (fully managed), 2 year tenancy agreement, she lived in my flat for 3 months then suddenly started to claim that the flat was uninhabitable and stopped paying rent. She got a lawyer involved and made a spurious and overinflated claim (15k) against me, I counter-claimed for missing rent and deposit (8k). After much legal cost (5k) her lawyer disappeared, she dropped her claim and agreed to release the deposit but couldn't pay any additional rent as she is broke. Clearly she cooked the whole thing up to break the 2 year agreement and she didn't really have any money in the first place. She was self-employed with a very tenuous freelance consultancy job. The references she provided were very thin and certainly didn't involve anything substantial like a tax return of accountant reference etc. I was not sent these references at the start and unfortunately trusted that the agent had done the relevant checks.
    Do I have any grounds to take the agent to court for my lost rent and legal costs becuase they did not obtain proper references that would have shown the tenant was totally incapable of paying rent?
    Thanks in advance for any advice.

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