FRESNO, Calif. - Dear Action Line, Recently, I purchased a duplex. I’m going to live in one and rent out the other. Can you give me some advice on screening tenants? I really don’t want to rent to anyone that will throw loud parties or be late on their rent. How can I be sure to get good solid renter?Dear Reader, The link below gives you great information as a landlord. “California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”This publication offers you a complete look at landlord rights as well as suggestions for pre-rental documents and questions about leases. The publication covers rules for deposits, paying rent, moving out and many more.Renters often times will only give you names of people who will say nice things about them. So don’t rely solely on references. You may also want to have a tenant screening company do the checking for you. You can go to bbb.org to find reputable tenant screening companies in your area. It’s free.If you choose to do it yourself some things to watch out for are:Unsigned rental applicationNo photo ID available from prospective tenantNo bank accountNo credit card debtNo car payment or history of sameNo credit history at allGaps in employment historyDate of birth is not legibleSocial security number is not legibleHere are some things you can do:Run a background checkVerify incomeContact previous landlordsCheck out social media profilesDoing your homework first can often save you time and money down the line. If you are still not comfortable you may want to work with an attorney that can advise on landlord tenant issues. Should you not have your own attorney, you can go to bbb.org to look for one.Although we are not attorneys, the BBB does offer free landlord-tenant mediation services by professionally trained mediators that might be useful for you. So if you do have a renter that you are having problems with, BBB can offer mediation. Contact the BBB office at 256-6300 to learn more about our mediation services.Action Line is written by Blair Looney, President & CEO of BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties. Action Line is a weekly column written exclusively for The Fresno Bee, where readers’ questions are answered. BBB has permission to republish for use on our website.ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties which was founded in 1950 and serves Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Tulare, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.