In regards to your short term relocation, an agent may not be the way to go and it will be difficult to find. I would check out Westside Rentals, Craigslist , etc. for that. Just be careful of scams. As for a 2-3 bedroom place after you are here, make sure you are clear as to what area you are hoping for. Los Angeles is a large city and has many suburban outskirts as well. The prices vary a lot depending upon the area. Also, make sure you know what the current market for rentals are. Depending upon where you are moving from, you may be in for a shock. I would expect to pay a minimal of $2200/month for 2-3 bedroom home and about $1800 at least for a condo/townhome/apartment. I work the San Fernando Valley area if you would like help with your long term lease and that is an area you may look at.