Dear, Connie! I understand you that renting for a long period sometimes is tough and seems to be overcomplicated. But, I would like to calm, that now you can find your rental property even without meeting with your landlord face to face. You will ask HOW? And I will answer Online.
Competition between different online rental services has created a very modern high-quality rental product, that allows to you search, contact, sign lease and pay rent online. Even your landlord will screen your credit check online. So you can live in Philly and prepare everything for moving to LA f.e. You will meet your landlord only when you will get your keys. So I would like to recommend you to use brand new rental services because of its modernness and time-saving technologies. Link in the reference