Well, if you're living there, that removes one aspect of a possible scam.
However, if the question is whether the money is going to the owner . . . not necessarily, even if it's legitimate. It's easy enough to determine who owns the house and where he/she lives. The tax assessor for Bakersfield can answer that question. Often, the money would be going directly to the owner. But if the owner is using a management company to handle the rental, your money would be going to the management company.
What makes you think it might be a scam?