Congratulations on deciding to move to Los Angeles!
Yes, there are fees for using an agent or broker in Los Angeles, but the fees are usually paid by the person selling or offering the property for lease. As a renter, it is free of charge for you to contact a real estate agent for help!
I specialize in properties in the West Hollywood area and I would be happy to assist you in searching for the perfect apartment that fits your requirements! Please feel free to contact me anytime at (310) 717-1321 or JamieTian@RodeoRE.com with any questions or concerns. I would be happy to email you a list of potential apartments within your budget and help preview the properties.