Tenants in Qatar have been given more protection under changes to the Gulf state's rent law.

A landlord must give a sitting tenant at least six months' notice and can only ask a tenant to vacate a property only if it is needed for his/her personal use or for the use of any of his legal dependents.

The change comes under new amendments to the rent law issued by Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Peninsula reported on Monday.